According to an Andy Katz report on ESPN News just a few minutes ago, Indiana’s next coach will be Tom Crean.
Crean was previously the head man at Marquette and led the Golden Eagles to seven postseason appearances, including the 2003 Final Four.
According to the report, Indiana is waiting an agreement from Crean before the deal can be finalized.
IU running back Marcus Thigpen is off to a good outdoor track season, as evidenced by the Big Ten Conference this afternoon naming him its male Track C0-Athlete of the Week, along with Purdue hurdler Josh Hembrough.
Here’s the Big Ten’s release about Thigpen:
Marcus Thigpen, Indiana
At the Alabama Relays, Thigpen claimed gold in the 100-meter dash breaking the tape in 10.47, improving upon his previous personal-best of 10.65. The
Indiana athletics media relations director J.D. Campbell confirmed this morning that IU has dismissed Armon Bassett and Jamarcus Ellis from its basketball team.
Campbell gave noÂ explanation about the reasons for or timing of the dismissals.
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Jamarcus Ellis and Armon Bassett are off the Indiana basketball team.
The guards did not attend a full-team meeting today after being informed of their status by interim coach Dan Dakich.
But they are telling teammates that they hope the dismissal will turn into more of a suspension. They plan on maintaining their eligibility in hopes that a new coach will allow them back on the team, according to a source close to the situation.
The Indianapolis Star is now reporting that Jamarcus Ellis and Armon Bassett have been dismissed from the Indiana basketball team.
This is a story we’ve been following for a week. As the Star report states, Bassett and Ellis have been late to a series of meetings. Our sources also say that they then refused to accept the punishment meted out by interim coach Dan Dakich.
He wanted them to run. They wouldn’t run.
When the team met today, Ellis and Bassett were not there.
So far, we’ve been unable to reach Ellis, Bassett or Dakich.
This is yet another interesting development in a season full of them.
Dakich said he would clean up the culture at IU and this appears to be a step in that direction.
But it is a bit curious that Dakich has been left in place to make decisions about the team that some other coach will probably inherit. It seems like Bassett and Ellis would have to do more than show up late for a few meetings and disobey a lame-duck coach to get completely booted from the program.
More on this as the story develops.
The chances of Steve Alford becoming one of the horses in the Indiana coaching derby became less likely today with news that Alford has agreed to a 3-year contract extension at New Mexico.
Amid Internet rumors of a mysterious IU plane in Albuquerque, N.M. over the weekend, a press conference will be held there at 3 p.m. (5 p.m.) Indiana time to announce the contract extension, according to the Albuquerque Journal.
The contract extension should help extinguish “hot and heavy” rumors in New Mexico that Alford will return to his alma mater at IU, according to a fan Web site focusing on the Lobos.
Last summer, Alford signed a six-year contract with New Mexico worth about $1 million per year. The new deal will extend the contract through 2016 but may not include a raise, the Albuquerque Journal reported.
Alford led New Mexico to a 24-9 record (11-5 for third place in the MWC) in his first season, a dramatic turnaround from the school’s 15-17 record in 2006-07.
Here’s the release from J.D. Campbell, media relations director for Indiana Athletics:
Indiana senior D.J. White and freshman Eric Gordon were named second and
third team All-Americans by the Associated Press this afternoon. They are
the first Hoosiers to be honored by AP since Jared Jeffries in 2002. Gordon
is the first freshman in IU history to earn first, second, or third team
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