As referenced by Caleb in the comments section of the IU’s No. 82 post below, rumors are running rampant right now that former NBA player and Duke grad Roshown McCleod (pronounced Ray-shan McCloud) will fill the final vacancy on Tom Crean’s staff.
McCleod certainly appears to be a possibility. We heard that he may have been in town earlier this summer to begin the process of interviewing for the job. Unlike Tim Buckley and Bennie Seltzer, McCleod has no previous working relationship with Crean. And as Crean has said repeatedly, he was not in a rush to fill the spot since whoever got it could not recruit through July 31st.
You can be sure that Crean, having endured the mess left by Kelvin Sampson and his staff, will go out of his way to vet a new hire. Plus he needs to know the new person will fit in with a close-knit staff.
So there’s nothing to indicate that McCleod is the only candidate at this point.
There’s plenty to indicate that McCleod would be a solid choice.
The 6-8 forward played high school ball for Bob Hurley at St. Anthony (obligatory plug for one of my favorite books ever, The Miracle of St. Anthony, comes now). I’m not sure there’s a more universally respected basketball coach on any level than Bob Hurley.
McLeod then played two seasons at St. John’s in Queens before transferring to Duke to finish his career under the tutelage of Coach K. He wasÂ drafted in 1997 by the Atlanta Hawks and played under Lenny Wilkens before being traded to the Philadelphia 76ers, where he played briefly for Larry Brown.
Hurley. Krzyzewski. Wilkens. Brown.
McLeod’s NBA career ended abruptly when a pinched nerve in his knee left him unable to plant his feet correctly, leading to a torn achilles tendon.
Though McLeod has only one season of college coaching experience â€” at Fairfield in 2002-03 under former Duke assistant Tim O’Toole â€” he’s been working in basketball in the Atlanta area. And according to this Q&A he did with Duke blogger a year ago, he’s interested in becoming a college coach again:
Â If the right opportunity comes along.Â I coached at Fairfield under former Duke assistant Tim O’Toole for one year.Â That’s when I realized I wasn’t ready yet.Â I was thinking like a player and not like a coach.Â So, I spent time with my family but eventually came back to the game realizing how much I missed it.Â Now, I’m prepared mentally.Â It’s tougher being a coach than it is being a player, so you have to prepare.
One of the players McCleod has worked with a bit is Derrick Favors, a top-10 player in the 2009 class. I spoke with an Atlanta source earlier today who told me that Favors, a 6-foot-6, 220-pound power forward, has recently become interested in IU but has no plans to attend the Elite Camp in Bloomington on Aug. 23.
Another player Indiana is apparently making a push for in the class of 2009 is Dominic Cheek, a 6-5 guard who recently played with the U.S. Under-18 team. He attends St. Anthony in Jersey City.
(Crean, it should be noted, has frequently gone after St. Anthony players.)
So, there you have it. That’s a summation of what’s being talked about on the street. And the message boards.
Indiana University spokesman Larry MacIntyre said today that the school plans on filing a written response to the NCAA’s charge of “failure to monitor” the men’s basketball program but will not request another hearing before the committee on infractions.
“We’ll file a written response by the deadline of Sept. 17, and then we will rest,” MacIntyre said.
MacIntyre said he was not sure why the university would not ask for another hearing; that decision, he said, was made by IU’s lawyers.
Both university president Michael McRobbie and basketball coach Tom Crean have expressed a desire for the school to “vigorously” fight the accusation.
However, requesting another hearing would have prolonged the process, possibly well into 2009.
Sports Illustrated has ranked all 119 Division I teams.
Indiana comes in at No. 82, behind every other Big Ten team. In fact, Indiana ranks behind all 10 Division I-A teams it will play this season.
Four days after the rest of the athletics director search committee was named, IU added a student-athlete to the group on Tuesday.
Drew Allenspach, captain of the men’s golf team, will be the 14th member of the committee charged with conducting a nationwide search to replace Rick Greenspan.
“ “Drew has distinguished himself as both a student and an athlete, and I am confident he will give our students an effective voice in the search process,” McRobbie said in a statement. “I believe it is especially important to have student representation on this committee because our students care deeply about the teams that represent Indiana University in inter-collegiate competition.”
Why Allenspach? He’s one of IU’s top student-athletes, emphasis on the former, as he carries a 4.0 GPA as a finance and accounting major.
Jerimy Finch, the much-heralded transfer from Florida, is at practice, but is on the sideline in street clothes. He should be joining practice sometime this week.
Freshman Cortez Smith is practicing with the cornerbacks. The 5-11, 190-pound Smith, also a star running back in high school in Detroit, was one of the highest-rated players in IU’s 2008 recruiting class.
Shane Covington, a 6-1, 185 freshman from Milwaukee, was also recruited as a running back, but is at wide receiver to start camp.
Senior Joe Kleinsmith practiced at punter, as well as his usual safety position.
Mitchell Evans, after switching from safety to quarterback this spring, is still at QB at the start of camp.
Two players, both of them defensive backs, are injured and will miss practice. Rayshun Calhoun is still out with a knee injury suffered in spring practice. Bruce Hampton has a hamstring injury that appears to be more of a day-to-day situation.
Offensive lineman Kenny Love is not at practice because he is dealing with academic issues, according to the IU media relations staff. The timing of Love’s return to the team is uncertain.
Wide receiver Jake Kocal has decided to give up football. Kocal, a junior from Valparaiso, has played in one game in his career – against Indiana State last season – and did not appear likely to see significant playing time this year.
Chris Ahlfeld, the younger brother of former IU basketball player Adam Ahlfeld, is a walk-on offensive lineman.
We’ll be at Indiana’s first practice of its preseason football camp in about an hour.
I’m taking my laptop over to the practice fields and will give you an update midway through practice on new players, any position changes and whatever else we see.
One early update: Jerimy Finch will be at practice, but may or may not practice today, depending on whether he’s been cleared administratively. If he doesn’t practice today, he’s expected to be on the field in the next couple of days.
Just got this release and am passing it quickly along to you guys. Thoughts on it later.
Bloomington, Indiana–Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie announced today (Aug. 1) that he has appointed a 13-member committee of faculty, administrators, alumni and Athletic Department representatives to begin a nationwide search for a new athletics director.
The search committee will be chaired by IU Vice President for Engagement Bill Stephan. An Indiana native, Stephan is an attorney by profession with extensive experience in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. In 2005, he became senior vice president for corporate communications and community relations for Clarian Health in Indianapolis, one of the nation’s largest health care systems. Previously, he had been IU’s vice president of university relations and corporate partnerships.
Stephan returned to IU in the fall of 2007 to assume his current position.