Tuesday, April 1, 2008

It's Crean!

The search for the next coach of Indiana Men's Basketball may be over. Tuesday featured wide ranging coaching rumors for the Hoosiers from Brad Brownell of Wright State to an aging Lon Kruger of UNLV. It appears that Indiana's embattled AD Rick Greenspan has decided on 42 year old Tom Crean, coach of the Marquette Golden Eagles of the Big East Conference.

Base on early fan reaction Crean's hiring may pull off the difficult feat of uniting a fractured fanbase in Bloomington. Crean has coached for nine seasons at Marquette, overseeing their impressive ascent from Conference USA to the Big East in 2005. In that span of time he uncovered a hidden gem in Dwyane Wade and nabbed Richmond's Dominic James. His teams have qualified for five NCAA tournaments highlighted by a Final Four appearance in 2003.

Sorry Purdue fans, it looks like your time on top will be oh so short-lived.

More on this as it develops. . .

DZ COMMENTS: Considering the Lon Krueger rumors earlier today...

I couldn't be happier.

But wait, are we sure Dakich isn't still available?

5 comments:

coltsfanawalt said...

I'm very excited about this. Now the question is, who will start nextseason and how long before we're top tier? I hope immediately.

Josh Brown said...

I love the hire. I thought he should have been the guy when Sampson was hired. He had a good career at Marquette, and was taught by one of the Big Ten's best in Izzo. It will be interesting to see what happens with Ellis and Basset. News reports were saying the want to be part of the team, on the condition that Dakich is no longer there.

Deshawn Zombie said...

That sounds like my condition as well. I imagine a lot of people have that same condition.

I'll be an IU fan as long as Dakich is no longer there.

John said...

I'll be an IU fan as long as Dakich is no longer there.

Awfully harsh words for a guy trying to make the best of a bad situation. What did Dakich do to you, spit in your coffee? Did he scam IU into hiring Sampson, trick Sampson into screwing up, then backstab his way into an interim coaching job?

Deshawn Zombie said...

Dakich shamelessly self-promoted the entire time he was coach of IU. He essentially coached as badly as possible for the 7 games he had. And finally, he booted the last two starters we had left on his last day on the job.