Tom Crean might just be a nicer person than many of us thought

Tom Crean might just be a nicer person than many of us thought

Submitted by UMgradMSUdad on April 1st, 2017 at 12:28 AM

Given his courtside demeanor and antics, it's not really all that surprising that many posters at MGoBlog think Tom Crean is a colossal jerk.  I have to admit, my inclination was along those lines as well.  But after reading these Indianapolis Star articles about him, I'm willing to admit I was probably too hasty in my judgment.  At least off the court, he seems to be a really decent human being.

http://www.indystar.com/story/sports/columnists/gregg-doyel/2017/03/31/doyel-compassionate-tom-crean-not-cartoon-character-you-think-he/99863548/

http://www.indystar.com/story/sports/college/indiana/2015/08/22/tom-crean-court-quiet-random-acts-kindness/32204753/

 

Harbaugh on Tom Crean

Harbaugh on Tom Crean

Submitted by Hugh White on July 22nd, 2016 at 7:08 PM
Harbaugh on CSN SportsTalkLive was asked for whom he would root if Michigan were to meet Indiana in the B1G 10 basketball championship. Harbaugh hesitated, said that it would be great if that happens, but then reluctantly admitted that "family always comes first" and that he would root for Tom Crean and the Indiana Hoosiers. Don't neg me -- I'm just the messenger.

Harbaugh was on Mike&Mike this morning

Harbaugh was on Mike&Mike this morning

Submitted by 1VaBlue1 on March 16th, 2016 at 10:16 AM

It seems to have been a ranging conversation, and he gave a lot of good quotes on the spring trip and recruiting...

 

On SEC and ACC outrage:

“I thought it was fake outrage. I thought it wasn’t really real,” Harbaugh told Mike & Mike when asked his reaction to their reaction. “The moral high ground of the sanctity of spring break, that’s what people chose to use as their moral stance? I thought it was fake. I thought it was fake outrage.”

 

On why athletes have a sense of entitlement:

“My thoughts on recruiting, as the coach or when I was a player, you want to connect with the people you’re gonna be coached by or coaching the next four years. Not only that, but the entire family. This goes back to Bo Schembechler when I was recruited. Bo would come into your home, he’d take off his shoes, he’d sit on the couch, he wanted to know mom, he wanted to know dad, he wanted to know the grandparents, play with younger sister and you felt like coach knew you, wanted to know you. To me, that part is vitally important being able to go somebody else’s hometown, to be able to go to their school, to their house and begin the process of a long and trusted friendship is vital to a ball team. That hasn’t changed, that’s the relationship building trust is a foundation of any relationship, I believe, a marriage or a ball team.”

 

Here's the story link.

Harbaugh and Tom Crean

Harbaugh and Tom Crean

Submitted by StephenRKass on November 10th, 2015 at 3:36 PM

This Friday, Jim Harbaugh will in all likelihood catch the non-conference game in Bloomington between Indiana and Eastern Illinois. Harbaugh's sister Joani is married to Indiana basketball coach Tom Crean. Jim and Tom are in regular contact, whether talking or texting.

I've never been a fan of Tom Crean. I haven't liked the way he operates, and really like Beilein much more. I'm glad that Beilein is Michigan's coach. Having said that, I'm wondering if I've been too harsh on Crean. I wonder if he is competitive just like Jim Harbaugh, doing the same kinds of things Jim Harbaugh does. Do I give a pass to Harbaugh for Crean like behavior because Harbaugh is our coach? Or, does Harbaugh really not like Crean, but he befriends him because Crean is married to Jim's sister? Or is it the case that Harbaugh and I just really disagree on this matter.

Maybe some of you more familiar with Harbaugh and with Crean can comment intelligently on their relationship. Because this is one area where on the face of things, I disagree with Coach Harbaugh.

EDIT:  negged myself. A stupid thread and stupid question. Of course you are always going to hate your rivals, and the coaches of your rivals. Still, I learned a little bit about Crean in the thread below. And the reality is that sometimes, coaches get along with rival coaches from other schools, even if they want their own school to always win. Think Bo and Woody.

Tom Crean Dismisses Sophomore Emmit Holt

Tom Crean Dismisses Sophomore Emmit Holt

Submitted by IncrediblySTIFF on September 1st, 2015 at 8:34 AM

Alcohol related offense -- apparantly tried to conceal a bottle of alcohol.    Interestingly enough, Yogi Ferrell was also cited for underage drinking and attempting to enter a bar with a fake ID, but he didn't get kicked off.

 

Figured I'd get this in early in the morning, it'll just get buried by REAL FOOTBALL CONTENT.

 

tomcreanpicture

He looks like Eminem in that halftime interview,,, 

Harbaughs Roundtable

Harbaughs Roundtable

Submitted by Yostbound and Down on January 24th, 2015 at 12:17 PM

Stumbled across this NFL films documentary/discussion between the three oldest Harbaugh coaches (sorry Jay) and Tom Crean (meh). Not sure when it first aired although clearly while Jim was at Stanford, but it's fun seeing how the brothers interact, the reverence they show for Jack, etc. Jim's "I must win!" vs. John's "I must compete!" is an interesting distinction. 

Anyway, it's a good watch. It's on Youku, China's YouTube, so hopefully the embed works fine: link to the site directly is here

EDIT: There's a countdown on the video once you click play but the embed should work fine after that.

Temple F Anthony Lee transferring to Ohio State

Temple F Anthony Lee transferring to Ohio State

Submitted by Leaders And Best on March 29th, 2014 at 1:56 PM

Temple forward Anthony Lee told ESPN today that he will be transferring to Ohio State. Lee, a 6' 9" power forward, was one of the most sought-after transfers on the market. His finalists included Iowa State, Indiana, Louisville and Notre Dame, although many schools came calling when he announced his transfer from Temple.

Lee was coveted by Indiana with Vonleh going pro. Tom Crean has some great potential players in his backcourt, but Indiana's frontcourt is a cratering hole now with Jeremy Hollowell, Austin Etherington and Luke Fischer transferring this year.

The next big Midwest transfer prospects to look out for is West Virginia sophomore guard Eron Harris who supposedly will consider Michigan among other Big Ten schools, and Virginia Tech freshman forward Trevor Thompson.

Temple transfer Anthony Lee told http://t.co/FJtJDXPuUb he is headed to Ohio State. Will play next season for Buckeyes.

— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) March 29, 2014

Indiana Rejects CBI Invitation

Indiana Rejects CBI Invitation

Submitted by HartAttack20 on March 18th, 2014 at 12:11 PM

I saw the thread the other day about Indiana making the CBI, but I don't believe the information about them rejecting the invite was included. Fred Glass said, "we're Indiana. We don't play in the CBI." Unfortunately for them, they don't play in the NCAA Tourney either.

Is this the right move for them, or would it be better to let their young players get some experience?

BTN Link Here

Further evidence to determine the caliber of person who slaps the floor

Further evidence to determine the caliber of person who slaps the floor

Submitted by gpsimms not to… on January 28th, 2014 at 12:33 AM

Right after the dunk around 1.29.30 (slap's at 1.29.43 to be exact), if I played for State and a Dwight Schrute look a like came that far on my court to slap the floor, I'd sprint over there and run him over.  Of course that is probably because I have difficulty thinking rationally about Tom Crean.

Seriously though, what an idiot.  It's one thing when 18-22 year old kids do stuff to get pumped up, but that guy is a joke out there. 

 

 

This post was totally not worth the effort, sorry.

Beilein was magnificent!

Beilein was magnificent!

Submitted by stephenrjking on March 30th, 2013 at 1:08 AM

The contrast could not be more startling.

Last night, Indiana looked like it had never even heard of a 2-3 zone before, and Syracuse simply demolished them. Just like that, the B1G's best team was gone.

Tonight, a team that was capable of abusing all of Michigan's weaknesses played solid basketball and got production from all of its key players. Withey was a force underneath the basket, and every time McGary was matched up against him one-on-one Withey got the better of him.

Yet somehow McGary produced 25 points, Burke had 10 assists, and Michigan won a basketball game they had no business even keeping close, against a team that was as bad of a matchup as Michigan could imagine.

And Beilein must receive the credit. Unlike Tom Crean, he did not shrink from the moment; he put Michigan in a position to succeed. In a game where Michigan had to score effectively and efficiently against a strong defense, Beilein devised a strategy that put them in the right place. McGary scored 25 points--but never when he was posting up Withey. Beilein moved Withey all over the court on screens and switches, and used movement to get McGary in position to score.

Somehow, Michigan's offense found all the right spots to keep scoring, even when Burke started cold. Somehow, Michigan was in all the right places to score. Somehow, Beilein was able to keep Michigan humming.

Beilein was masterful.