If he means it, great but I highing doubt it is a genuine apology. He is doing damage control.
Tom Crean Apologizes
I agree. Public apologies are almost always bogus.
That being the case then I would imagine he would feel some form of embarrassment from puffing his chest out and then having to apologize for a statement he feels was justified in his own mind. Either way I'll take it!
beilein's comments make me so much happier that he is our coach!
I love this response! Defending his staff, not throwing stones.
This article goes further into his class.
Beilein has never struck me as anything but a class act. Obviously I'm seeing him through maize-colored glasses as "our coach," but I don't think I've ever seen him do anything that struck me as unsportsmanlike. At most, I've see him get frustrated with his own players or maybe a call by the officials, but never jawing with other teams' players, pouting about a loss or rubbing a victory in an opposing coach's face. Maybe I've missed something over the years, but I'm proud that Michigan has a coach who obviously cares about his team and the University but doesn't let emotions get the best of him.
As for Crean, I always thought he had done a great job at Indiana rebuilding their program without ever really doing anything which reflected negatively on him or Indiana. After seeing what he did after yesterday's game, my opinion of him dropped through the floor, and it sounds like from what some of you guys are saying it isn't his first time acting like this. Nothing wrong with celebrating a big victory or your team's success, but you don't need to act like a spoiled brat while doing it. The players I can understand - they're college kids, and no one is expecting them to be above getting caught up in emotion, but as a coach I think you ought to hold yourself to a higher standard. Crean obviously doesn't, which is too bad.
He doesn't strike just you that way- he was (still is?) in charge of the NCAA's ethics comitte.
Never really heard anything negative about him...
I'm glad our programs have solid and respected coaches!
Is it wrong that I wish we had less practice at "losing with class"? It sucks that we're getting to the point of knowing how to act directly after our balls are kicked in.
We lost six games this year. That's pretty damn good. Let's remember where we were just a few short years ago and appreciate the fact we only had to lose with class 6 times in the toughest conference in America.
Come on. Look how far things have progressed. the thing that's missed with that kind of attitude is that this is one of the prices of success - big losses. When you're at the top, in big games, you're going to lose on average half the time against comparable opponents. This one hurt a lot but it's going to happen. The alternative is to not be in these huge games and you never have to suffer the pain.
If you get to the final four and lose a game like this it really, really sucks, but would you rather not be there?
Regardless I would still prefer to go down with class - it doesn't mean we put out less effort or wanted it less. A guy like Crean is a total self-absorbed moron and I don't really want to go there - and this was after he won.
The season isn't over and we may see them again - I would prefer the last laugh.
in a way i know what you mean, as i wanted us to win that game in the worst way possible. but there is a difference between intense and classsy and intense and jerk. i believe that bo was intense and classy. i believe woody, as much as he was bo's mentor, was intense and a jerk. same applies to belein (see wojo's excellent article on his intensity) and i think hoke as well. but i cannot say the same for dantonio or crean.
so while it is great to get a win, i am certain that whether we get the win has nothing to do with end of the game antics. it just shows whether you have the brain of a grounded individual or that of a chimpanzee. i'd much rather have a coach that is classy in win and loss as i am cetain crean's classness is not what won IU the game--it was free throw shooting and rebounding!
I know I'm older than al lthe people responding to my comment so yes, more than any of you, I know the highs and lows of Michigan basketball. Starting with watching Henry Wilmore in 1970 and running up through last night. And yes, I well aware of how far we fell and how far we've climbed in the past few years.
HOWEVEA......since the nut-crunching loss to Ohio in the first (second?) round of last year's NCAA we've lost a heartbreaker to OSU, to Wisconsin when a team of brick-layers had a last second prayer answered, fought back several times only to lose to Indiana, blew a 15 point lead and lost at then winless PSU and now yesterday. Yes I know we beat MSU this year in a nail-biter and yes I know we beat OSU in OT. Great games both but I'm only focusing on the close losses and since the end of last year we've had more than our fair share IMO.
Nobody gives a shit (for the most part unless you're Tom Creen) how you win or lose when you win or lose the expected games or when the outcome is never in doubt. It's games like the ones listed above that spell out our class and dignity in defeat and I just wish he had less experience in dealing with it.
Can any Michigan fan truly say they DON'T wish had won each of those games?
Every team in the history of NCAAB, with a few exceptions, is handed the experience of losing. Coaches should know how to lose and win with class after their first season as an assistant. I really don't understand your point. IU has lost one less game than us this year.
Nothing wrong with not wanting to lose, but you're acting like the people that are happy we lose with class are fine with losing. It's a faulty assumption.
And I was born in 89, so all the success I've known as a Michigan bball fan has been before I could really understand what was going on and under JB. I've seen more failure than success from UM since I've followed. I don't think that makes me any less qualified to have an opinion on the matter.
Can you explain swagger jacker? I am getting too old to be on a blog. Where is Herm, when you need him.
@bluenyc..A simlpe case of Peer Effects my friend where "the tail wags the dog"! Crean has a lower threshold or standard of proper on court behavior, and is most influened by the extremist in his group whom he imitates, which in this case would be Jim Harbaugh who is known for this type of on feild etiquette.
which is what good coaches teach kids starting at about fourth or fifth grade. Good news is he's amped up the rivalry; nothing like being able to stoke the competiive fires with real, live douchnozzlery.
Mr Crean, Mr Dantonio.
Mr Dantonio, Mr Crean.
You two have a LOT to catch up on.
No Free Press!
That said, I always wondered if these kinds of people should really be apologizing for actually being a douche, not just for acting like one. As in, its clear Crean is inherently a douchebag and I expect an apology from him on that rather than on his antics as a douchebag.
he said "yes, you are. Now, apologize."
I think this fits Crean to a T.
"swagger jacker," I'm not sure that appropriately describes Crean.
Now "douche bag" on the other hand...
It's easy to apologize after you win
whether Crean made the phone call or, if he did, what was said? What is clear though, is Crean's statement to the media had everything to do with cutting off questions regarding his shitty public behavior and nothing to do with acutally feeling some remorse. The guy is a jerk with a bad haircut. Hope they lose in the first weekend of the dance.
And, he's not going to change. Guy who reacts like this after a WIN, fergodsakes, is not likely to handle advertisty well. Why, I'd bet he's not beneath having his kids flop at the end of a close ...
You get the point.
Plus, with the great audio on that clip, think of what the MGoGif community will be able to do over the years by pasting someone else in for Meyer.
Be great to watch this guy melt down next year as he tries to defend this title without two POY candidates and much of the rest of the supporting cast.
What the hell does that mean? How is it a "professional misunderstanding" when he went up to Meyer, unprovoked, after winning a close game and accusing him of helping to ruin IU's program? How much spinning/damage control brainstorming was involved in making up that BS phrase? What a putz.
The misunderstanding was to expect Crean to act professionally, I guess.
Like someone else said, it's big time damage control by the AD at IU. Once a dick, always a dick. Indiana better bring Crean under control or they'll have another Bobby Knight to deal with. They went for years not doing anything about BK's tantrums and embarassing behavior and eventually had to fire him.
Those poor, poor chairs...
I never realized Crean was THAT much of douche. I knew he was a jerk, but that clip takes it to a whole new level...especially his smug little smile afterwards as he walks away.
Stay classy, Tom Crean.
Yeah, the look on his face when finally walked away creeped me out big time. Reminded me of some sort of 80's movie over the top bully type character. Maybe Bill Paxton in Weird Science.
I say this knowing he will still get A+ recruits but, seeing that encounter, how could anyone ever want to play for that guy. Also, why does he still let his mom cut his hair?
Wow, what a scumbag. I had no idea what a jerk this guy is. Bielein was pretty clear about his feelings.
Oh please. He apologized because he had to. He did it for the media. Because he made an ass out of himself on television and looked like a whining 15 year old girl. If he had his way, he'd make sure the whole world knew what he said, and he'd be proud of it.
I get that he'd be upset towards Meyer, but that's the kind of crap you keep to yourself, especially in this day and age of social media where toying is private anymore. He's done nothing but demonstrate himself as an unprofessional, classless piece of shit. Clearly he's learning a lot from his brother-in-law Jim.
This is one of those situations, tough, where no one in Indiana will care. As long as he keeps winning, he can spew whatever he wants out of that big mouth of his, and it'll all just get brushed to the side.
A Sparty friend of mine wasn't aware of the incident after the game (which, like....rrrrrrrright). Anyway, I texted him a link to the story and video. His typical Sparty response was "how do you know Meyer didn't start this by saying something earlier in the game, during a time out, or at halftime?"
Ummmmm, because there's video evidence, and Crean has now issued a public apology? Perhaps? Maybe? I don't know.
Did you expect a reasonable response from a Sparty?
Quite a few Sparties actually do agree that Crean is a douche, and this is from people who are predisposed to give him every benefit of the doubt because of his Spartan ties. If fact, it was a Spartan fan on one of the Sparty message boards that pointed out after Michigan's game at IU that Crean was standing on the sideline and screaming something each time Staukas was attempting a shot from near the sideline. Technically, a coach can yell out instructions to his team, but this Spartan poster said the timing made it obvious Crean was trying to startle Staukus as he was releasing the ball.
as others have, what would he have said if they'd lost the game? Its obvious win or lose, this move was premeditated. Why after a win would you say "you wrecked our program" to someone when you should be celebrating a conference championship?
Okay, so meme's are my favorite thing, but maybe just one more wouldn't hurt...
You guys are seriously surprised when an Izzo disciple acts like a little bitch? Status quo. Looking forward to the day Oladipo and Zeller go pro, and this guy goes back to making sweet love to Roseanne Barr.
That he owes someone an apology for his hair.
That's the first time I actually got a chance to see the altercation. Few quick thoughts ...
- Meyer was cleared by the NCAA
- Tom Crean is human. He took over a top notch program that was in the ditch. He blames everyone, even those cleared by the NCAA, for it being in the sewer. He let out some frustrations. That's human, especially in the kind of drama as we saw. He probably felt some serious relief afterwards.
- He's human but he's also a professional. For average Joe to step out of his way to berate another he blames for some problems is understandable; for a head coach of a top NCAA program to do the same is embarrassing. Embarrassing for IU and a bad example for his players.
- I hope the hatchet is buried between the two now.
- John Belein is a class act.
- Jeff Meyer will someday be a great head coach. We'll keep him as long as possible but I see it as inevitable that he's eventually going to be head coaching elsewhere. Best of luck when that day comes.
- IU's AD probably had a nasty talk with his head coach on a day that should have been celebratory.
- The IU crowd will quickly forget this.
- The Michigan players won't. Sucks to be Crean next time he plays against the Maize and Blue.
"I apologized to him for it. It was a professional misunderstanding, and it’s over and done with. ... I should have never brought it to the handshake line, should have been over.” - Crean, in the article
I often walk up to colleagues in my profession and accuse them quite loudly and aggressively of wrecking my program in meetings, and it is often simply seen as a "professional misunderstanding". No, Mr. Crean, it doesn't quite work like that. It was a very unprofessional, so much so that you had to be restrained, from the look of things. That's a wonderful example to set for the players in your program....not.
That is all
Tom Crean's a jackass
Hope your brother-in-law, yeah the QB from Michigan sits you in the corner at Thanksgiving. Classless ... like telling Zeller to FLOP & other players to FAKE getting elbowed. Your time will come ... likely in the NCAA when Zeller is treated as a player and not a princess.
...Coach Knight would never have apologized.
They put up with a lot from their basketball coaches. Just win, I guess.
Go fuck yourself, Tom Crean.
I kicked a hole in my door yesterday and now I wish it were Crean's face.
but there is no excuse for Crean acting the way he did. Verbally attacking another coach for something that happened years ago. Get a life. Crean is an ass. He was a pompous ass before this game and he was a pompous ass after the game. All his strutting up and down the sidelines is way too Napolionic for me. Just another pompous ass like Bobby Knight at the University of Indiana.
since you just became a member, you didn't see that missing the free throws was discussed.
Old Tom Crean's possessed display after the game is certainly unusual and definitely news worthy and should be discussed. Tom Crean acted like a complete weirdo. It is all over the sports news and shows today, and you know it.
And, since you are new here, I hope you find out where Bolivia is. You would love it.
beyond the obvious sting of a loss, there seems to be a young new rivalry budding. Crean has built that program up just like Beilein has done some phenomenal things here at Michigan. Seeing as both teams should have long term success, I don't mind having a guy like Crean on the other side of the fight. Sure, it sucks when we lose, but shoot it'll make success all the sweeter when we win.
With that said, Go Blue!
Crean is still a dick
If you scream allegations at someone in front of TV cameras, it really doesn't do much to apologize during a private call. It is particularly insincere to then tell the media about the alleged private apology (who knows what happened in the call) and then declare the story over. This is just spin.
At the exact same time IU's sanctions were being handed down, he was promising his "program" (Marquette) that he wouldn't be leaving for any other job. F'n clown. 3rd round... We want your blood. Badger blood first!
Penn State first but agree with the sentiment.
Coach Sore Winner, I'm sorry you were such a douchebag on national TV.
Wait a sec, I'm not sorry about the "on national TV" part.
Revised: Coach Sore Winner, I'm sorry you're such a douchebag.
The Tom Izzo influence is taking him over. He hates Michigan, and would never have apologized if this hadn't gone viral. I used to respect them, but IU is now on my short list of teams I don't like very much.
I still don't get why he's so upset about what someone did to the program before he got there. If it wasn't wrecked he never would have gotten the job.