March 16th, 2017 at 1:14 PM ^

Tom, you know what you did!

Tip for any small school looking to interview Crean: Don't make him wait too long in the lobby; the dude will wear out your carpet with all that pacing.

Perkis-Size Me

March 16th, 2017 at 1:36 PM ^

If he was coaching some mid-tier NBA franchise like, say, the Milwaukee Bucks, and was having mediocre seasons, I could see him opting to leave. But he is coaching one of the premiere teams in the league, and he is only a few games out of first place. 

Unless he feels his heart truly belongs in college ball, he's not going anywhere. Would be a lateral move for him at best. 


March 17th, 2017 at 12:17 PM ^

It is a step down.  Celtics to IU is a step down.


Coaching in the NFL to coaching at Michigan is a step down too.  It takes a special person to make that move especially given the handful of NFL franchises that were reportedly interested in Harbaugh at the time. 


Plus it took a bit of luck with the timing that the 49ers fired him right when Michigan was looking.  If Harbaugh has the 49ers going to the super bowl again he probably doesn't walk away.  I doubt the Celtics fire Stevens at the end of the year.


March 16th, 2017 at 3:13 PM ^

Stevens signed a 6-year contract extension over the summer. The Celtics have improved every year he's been there. Right now they're a borderline title contender, and are much more likely to continue to get better than worse, given how well the franchise is set up. Unlike other organizations (ahem 49ers), the Celtics are all pretty much on the same page at the management level. Oh, and Boston >>> Bloomington. I don't think he even picks up the phone to politely listen when they call.

Durham Blue

March 16th, 2017 at 1:25 PM ^

Since Crean is family to Harbaugh, I am guessing that an extra special ass-whooping will be in store for Indiana this season.  Add in the fact that Greg Frey will be amped up as well, this could be an extra extra special ass-whooping.


March 16th, 2017 at 1:43 PM ^

I just realized that it is almost 15 years to the day that I was first angered by Crean. I picked Marquette to win the tourney that year, and Crean, Dwyane Wade, and company lost to Tulsa in the first round--in the first game that tipped off the 2002 tourney.

I crumpled up my bracket and threw it to the floor in STL; it probably sat there until it was swept into a box and moved to LA last year.

About 15 years from now, he's going to rise up and anger me, but today, I smile.

Perkis-Size Me

March 16th, 2017 at 1:38 PM ^

I will miss his antics, but I won't miss anything else. The guy is a total ass-clown. 

Hopefully Indiana goes out and hires someone who is worthy of that program's prestige. 


March 16th, 2017 at 1:55 PM ^

I want to know if Fred Glass went all Bobby Knight in this meeting.

"I'm just disappointed in the....*kicks credenza*.....FUCKIN' PROGRESS THAT WE MADE!"

Either way, it will be interesting to see which direction they go in next. 

snarling wolverine

March 16th, 2017 at 3:16 PM ^

This is great on multiple levels: 1) he was an asshole and deserves this and 2) it eliminates the awkward situation with Harbaugh.  In fact, Jim will probably make it a point to root hard for us whenever we play IU now.



March 16th, 2017 at 9:00 PM ^

I share the general overall view of Crean based on the Meyer incident and his general demeanor.  That said, I have hard time taking much pleasure in anyone (or nearly anyone) getting fired.  Not criticizing -- I get the dislike he's earned, but also know that losing a position is tough even if it's not a financial issue.


March 17th, 2017 at 2:03 AM ^

I hope for the IU AD's sake that he has a can't-miss prospect ready to  bring in.  Many of the IU fans seem to have a pretty short list of coaches they're willing to accept, Firing Crean is easy; hiring somebody that will satisfy the fanbase, not so much.