Tom Crean out at Indiana
Jody Gregory | March 18, 2017, 1:08
Tom Crean out at Indiana
The Alford-to-Indiana speculation will likely only ramp up if he leads UCLA on a run through the tournament. They were a first-round NCAA knockout in 2015, and when topped off by the just-completed 2016-17 season, three of the last four fell beneath IU's lofty standards. The program hasn't won it all since.
"The expectations for Indiana University basketball are to perennially contend for and win multiple Big Ten championships, regularly go deep in the NCAA Tournament and win our next national championship - and more after that", Glass said. "Not even close. I'm not going to say IU hasn't tried to get me there and (Buckley) saw me at Manual for the Fort Wayne North game". After being named Indiana's Mr Basketball in 1983, Alford went on to accomplish just about everything one possibly could during his four years as a Hoosier: becoming the program's all-time leading scorer, being named Big Ten player of the year and a two-time all-American.
"Tom is an outstanding teacher, workaholic", Louisville coach Rick Pitino said. No IU team under Crean ranked in the top 50 nationally in taking care of the ball. However, that fifth banner came 30 years ago and it's been 15 years since the Hoosiers' last national title appearance.
In many ways, it was. But if ever there was a time to leave ... it's for a blueblood, like Indiana.
However in recent years Crean hasn't been able to capitalize on that. Not a big fan of the team, Pugh says he doesn't mind their now-former coach. Hunter had been in touch with in assistant Tim Buckley, but wasn't clear where exactly he stood with in in the recruiting process.
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The star guard missed a critical front end of a 1-and-1, and Walton made it hurt with a conversion in the lane for an 86-79 lead. The Wolverines fired in 16 3-pointers, 11 in a scorching second half, pulling away for a 92-91 win at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
But IU ties alone are not an essential element to Glass' perspective.
"In some ways I think that's the beauty of the opportunity, that the next coach can put his mark on a program that hasn't had the success that we expect generally in that timeframe", Glass said.
Cody Zeller and Victor Oladipo, who became top-five National Basketball Association draft picks under Crean's tutelage, supported him publicly long after they left Bloomington.
Donovan has no links to IN, either the state or the university.
"Jim Harbaugh looks at Crean's IN tenure and says, 'much like my situation IN San Francisco, the people that are doing the micromanaging ... when it comes to building a ball team, what they know could not blow up a small balloon". It felt like every other shot IN was taking they had Ben Lammers' hand contesting it.