The Indiana basketball team did not practice today, but junior guard Devan Dumes, who injured his right knee and missed most of the loss to Michigan State, did receive treatment from the team’s medical staff.
That staff has not issued an update on his condition.
Coach Tom Crean appeared unsure of what Dumes’ prognosis might be when he spoke with the media after the game Tuesday; Dumes was being further examined as he spoke.
Indiana basketball coach Tom Crean will appear on the ESPN show Pardon the Interruption later today.
You can catch it at 5:30 on ESPN, or at 6:30 on ESPN News.
Well since I forgot to update the blog right after the game like I’m supposed to–I figured I would throw in an additional picture for you guys from the game. As usual click on a picture to see a gallery of the images from the Indiana Michigan State game and Senior Night.
Head coach Tom Crean introduces Indiana forward Kyle Taber with his mother Soozie Goeddie, left, and his father Steve Taber, right, during senior night at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, March 3, 2009.Bonus Pic!Â Indiana forward Tom Pritchard tips off with Michigan State forward Delvon Roe during the first half of Indiana Michigan State basketball game at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind., Tuesday, March 3, 2009.
Sonny Vaccaro, at one time or another, has been involved with Nike, Reebok, Adidas and Under Armour.
He’s been a friend and confidant for more players than you and I can count. He’s also been a one-man PR firm for others.
Now, at the age of 69, he’s fighting against the NCAA and NBA, claiming they’re making millions and trying to claim the moral high ground.
He spoke to a room of 200 or so Indiana students on Tuesday. I was there, and this is what he said. I’ll lead with what I asked him afterwards, about Indiana University, Kelvin Sampson and Tom Crean.
IT’S VERY INTERESTING WHAT YOU SAID, ABOUT BLAMING THE SYSTEM AND NOT THE INDIVIDUAL. IS THAT WHAT YOU THINK HAPPENED HERE?
“I think the system forces people, good people or bad people intended, to do things they wouldn’t ordinarily do. I hate to think that anyone would start saying, ‘I am going to do something illegal and something wrong.’ I think people wake up and think, ‘I got to win some basketball or football games.’ … Universities want it, and the NCAA wants it. ThatÂ¹s why the BCS exists. They don’t care if Utah is any good, they want to make sure Florida plays Southern Cal or somebody.”
I IMAGINE (KEEP IN MIND, VACCARO IS, ABOVE ALL ELSE, FOR PLAYERS’ RIGHTS) YOU WERE NOT HAPPY WITH WHAT HAPPENED TO PLAYERS FROM LAST YEAR’S TEAM.
“Look at what you just did. You just tore about a group of kids’ lives, and they had nothing to do with what Sampson did. Intentionally, or unintentionally, he did something that was wrong. But these kids were moved out, forced to do things that they really had nothing to do with and, in retrospect, Eric Gordon probably dropped five spots in the draft based on his freshman year, simply by playing for Indiana. They ruined everything. They really hurt kids that had nothing to do with it. That was wrong.”
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE INDIANA TO REGAIN NATIONAL PROMINENCE?
“I think Tommy (Crean) will have them back in two years. Tommy is respected. He’s a hard coach, but you know that going in. But he’ll teach them, and he’ll do it the right way. I’ve never heard anybody tell me, other than Tommy will work his kids hard, that he’ll do something wrong. That won’t ever happen. I would think, for a university like Indiana, where basketball is their god, that they would rebound in two years. Tommy will be in the tournament in two years.”
For his statements during the general speech, read after the jump. (more…)
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