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Tom Crean and Steve McClain instruct the Hoosiers during the game on Saturday against Michigan. Chris Howell | Herald-Times
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Indiana came closer than it should have to taking the lead in Saturday afternoon’s game, and Michigan came much closer than it should have to giving it away.
But despite a miserable second-half performance at the free throw line, the Wolverines held Indiana off with a 73-69 victory in front of 13,751 at Crisler Arena.
The Wolverines led by 22 points with just 5:26 to go in the game, but the Hoosiers began attacking with a full-court press and promptly went on a 10-0 spurt that eventually extended to a 21-3 run, cutting the deficit to 69-65 with 41 seconds to go. (more…)
Christian Watford is in uniform during the team’s initial warmup. No word on how much he will play, or even if he will play, but the fact he is in uniform suggests he is an option.
Indiana coach Tom Crean wasn’t available to the media Friday during standard media availability — the reason apparently having to do with scheduling conflicts caused by travel to Ann Arbor for Saturday’s 4 p.m. game — and those who were made available were apparently not briefed on sophomore forward Christian Watford’s availability for the game.
Crean said last week that Watford had a remote, outside chance to be able to play with a cast on his broken left hand, which he injured in the game at Michigan State on Jan. 30. Assistant coach Steve McClain and sophomore guard Jordan Hulls met with the media on Friday afternoon, but both said they were unaware if Watford could play.
“I don’t know,” McClain said. (more…)
AnnArbor.com’s Michael Rothstein, a former colleague of mine at the Daily News-Record in Harrisonburg, Va., does a weekly CoverItLive chat previewing Michigan’s games with reporters from the opponent’s hometown paper. I’ll be doing that today, and we’ll be starting at noon. Check it out.
Fred Glass admits he’s concerned. With four departures of assistant football coaches before Kevin Wilson’s staff’s first spring practice, it’s hard not to be.
But the Indiana athletic director said he believes the deflections have little to do with what’s going on and IU and can all be explained by the fact that the coaches in question are receiving offers they don’t believe they can pass up.
“Each one of these guys left because what they perceived to be better opportunities,” Glass said Thursday. “Not because they had any concerns with the staff or the community or the university. I think when you run with the big dogs and hire guys who are in demand and making upward ascension, you can have this. We’re especially susceptible because we’re in transition.”
Jemal Singleton, who was the running backs coach for just over a week before taking a job at Oklahoma State, became the latest Wilson hire to make the leap. At his national signing day press conference, Wilson announced that defensive tackles coach Jerry Montgomery had left for Michigan and cornerbacks coach Corey Raymond had left for Nebraska. Offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Brent Pease left the program shortly after New Year’s to return to Boise State, his previous employer. He had been the wide receivers coach there before taking the IU job, and the coordinator position opened up when Bryan Harsin left it to become the offensive coordinator at Texas.
Glass pointed out that Pease was the only coach at a coordinator level to leave, and that the circumstances were particularly unique. As for the other three, they were all young, upwardly mobile coaches looking to work their way up the ladder who got job offers they felt they could not pass up.
“I’m not going to criticize those guys,” Glass said. “They gotta do what they gotta do. That’s not the way I think I would want to comport myself, but then I’ve never been in their shoes….I don’t feel slighted. I like that we were going after high-quality guys that are upwardly mobile.”
Glass said that though each individual move made sense as a step-up, he was concerned that it may be indicative of an issue within the program. He said that after his own investigation, he doesn’t think it is.
“I’m getting kind of tired of it,” Glass said. “But I’ve looked into it and I’m convinced it doesn’t signal some kind of issue with the staff or the program.”
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