I rushed out to Assembly Hall this afternoon without my recorder. Ditto for IDS ace reporter Mike Sanserino.
But Indiana athletic director J.D. Campbell has just issued this press release which contains most of what Crean said to us this afternoon.
UPDATE (7:55): I just spoke with Eli Holman. He does not want to comment on the situation at this time.
TOM CREAN STATEMENT ON ELI HOLMAN
We met with Eli Holman this afternoon. He had a good meeting with our
assistant coaches earlier in the day. I felt like he still was not sure
whether or not he wanted to be here which surprised me because everything we
have seen from him had been very positive in terms of staying at Indiana and
moving forward. I have no idea what made him change his mind and arrive at
this point. He indicated that he would like to leave Indiana, although I was
hopeful that we could work through this situation to come to an arrangement
we both were comfortable with and to take some time to make a decision.
The conversation was very cordial but unfortunately, it did not end that
way. His behavior took me, along with the other people in the office, by
surprise. We saw him as a danger to himself and wanted to take precautionary
measures to help him. We felt bad for Eli and hopefully were able to help
I do not anticipate Eli being back at Indiana. We will do our best to help
him move forward and wish him well.
Indiana basketball player Eli Holman has requested to be released from his scholarship, according to basketball coach Tom Crean.
When Holman met with Crean this afternoon to discuss his plan, he became angry during the conversation and eventually broke a flower pot in the basketball office. That prompted a call to police.
“I really thought at that point he posed a danger to himself,” Crean said.
“No one said anything about feeling threatened or like the anger was directed at a specific person,” IUPD Capt. Jerry Minger said.
Several IUPD officers arrived at Assembly Hall to find Holman speaking with athletic director Rick Greenspan. He had calmed down.
Police did not arrest Holman, but did take a statement from Crean and others who witnessed the outburst.
Holman left the building without speaking to the police and before reporters arrived.
Heading into today’s meeting, Crean thought Holman planned to stay in the program. He had spoken with assistant coaches about his future with the Hoosiers and was discussing his living situation with teammates.
Crean was surprised when Holman revealed his intention to leave. The coach would not say specifically what made Holman angry. He did say that Holman was “not getting the answers he wanted.”
The skinny, athletic 6-foot-9 freshman from Richmond, Calif. averaged 1.0 points and 1.7 rebounds in six games last season. He missed most of the season with a wrist injury.
Despite his lack of experience, the loss of Holman could have a significant impact on Indiana’s frontcourt next season. He and 6-8 DeAndre Thomas were the only expected returnees taller than 6-7.
The loss leaves IU with five returning players on its roster (Jordan Crawford, Brandon McGee, Kyle Taber, DeAndre Thomas, Brett Finkelmeier) and just four on scholarship.
Kathi Bennett, who coached the Indiana women’s basketball team for five seasons (2000-05)before resigning, will be back in the Big Ten as she’s been hired by Badger coach Lisa Stone and began duties today.
â€œI am pleased to announce the addition of Kathi Bennett to my coaching staff,” Stone said in a release from the university. “I have admired Kathi and her programs as an opposing coach for almost 20 years, and now itâ€™s great to be on the same team.”
Bennett is the daughter of former Wisconsin men’s coach Dick Bennett and the sister of Washington State coach Tony Bennett, who was an initial candidate for the Indiana men’s job before the arrival of Tom Crean.
As coach of the Hoosiers, Bennett’s record was 72-75 and guided the fifth-seeded team to a shocking upset of favorite Purdue en route to the 2002 Big Ten Tournament Championship, tying the Boilers (1998) as the lowest seed to win the event with a three-point win over Penn State in the final.
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They were oh-so-close to finally getting it right.
But it was not to be.
The BCS voted today to continue with the same system for deciding the national champion, rejecting a proposal by the SEC and ACC to go to a four-team playoff.
The IU women’s team announced today that a fourth member of the 2008 recruiting class has signed to begin play the Hoosiers this coming fall.
Ashlee Mells, a 5-8 guard, posted averages of 15 points, six boards, and two assists as a senior at South Grand Prairie (Tex.) High School, earning a McDonald’s All-American nomination.
A factor in her choice to come to Bloomington may have been a long-standing acquaintance with Hoosier freshman Jori Davis, who played high school ball in Rochester, New York but was an AAU teammate of Mells on an eighth-grade team that finished second nationally at a tournament in Amarillo.
“Our goal is for our program to reach that same level and Ashlee will definitely help us,” Legette-Jack said in the release.
Mells joins 6-2 forward Danilsa Andujar from Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., 6-3 forward Sasha Chaplin
from St. Petersburg, Fla. and 6-0 forward Lindsay Enterline from Monroeville, Ind. in the Hoosiers’ 2008 class.
Two big men that Indiana had been recruiting committed to Kentucky today.
Josh Harrelson, a 6-9 265 pounder out of Southwest Illinois College (which produced Lance Stemler) signed his letter of intent with Billy Gillespie and will join the Wildcats this summer. He played only one year at junior college and has three years of eligibility.
Dominique Ferguson, a 6-9, 200-pound small forward from Lawrence North, gave a verbal commitment to Gillespie. A five-star prospect in the class of 2010, Ferguson has been to Bloomington several times. But ultimately he felt most comfortable in Lexington.
Kentucky, of course, went through its coaching transition last year. Gillespie didn’t have nearly the mess to clean up that Crean did, but it’s not hard to imagine Indiana getting these sorts of pick ups a year from now.
Indiana did manage to generate a bit of revenue today, though, by signing an 8-year extension with adidas to be the athletic program’s official apparel provider.
So, how much is the tradition of Indiana worth? How valuable are all those alumni spread across the country? What would it mean to a business to have Eric Gordon on SportsCenter dunking the ball while wearing nothing but adidas?
Try $21 million.