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(ESPN)   Tom Crean out after nine seasons as head basketball coach at Indiana, expected to go back to selling paper in Scranton, Pennsylvania for Dunder Mifflin   ( espn.com) divider line
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2017-03-16 02:55:44 PM  
Dude makes a wicked lager over in Dingletown tho.
 
2017-03-16 06:09:45 PM  
My headline: 
"What's a Hoosier? I don't know, but it's not Tom Crean." 

/I was way too late on this
 
2017-03-16 06:13:48 PM  
I'm a life long Kentucky fan, and every year for most of my life the Indiana game in December was usually the first big game of the season. We stopped playing them a few years ago, and they have fallen off a cliff too. 
Still doesn't seem right to not see the Kentucky-Indiana rivalry. 

Sports needs villains.
 
2017-03-16 07:38:44 PM  
Mine was better: Jim Harbaugh will never coach at IU.
 
2017-03-16 07:56:39 PM  
Indiana fans may or may not be ridiculous with their expectations year in, year out, but Tom Crean is pretty much your classic "good recruiter, terrible in-game tactician" head coach. Who knows where he'd be instead if Wade didn't land in his lap at Marquette.

Lorenzo Romar is probably even a better example. I can't even remember the last time the Huskies didn't field at least one eventual lottery pick on their roster, yet their pre-game preparations seemed to consist of little more than "okay, I think we should try to score more than our opponents tonight. Cool? Cool."
 
2017-03-16 08:03:29 PM  

bionicjoe: I'm a life long Kentucky fan, and every year for most of my life the Indiana game in December was usually the first big game of the season. We stopped playing them a few years ago, and they have fallen off a cliff too. 
Still doesn't seem right to not see the Kentucky-Indiana rivalry. 

Sports needs villains.


Maybe Crean leaving is what will get it going again. Cal will be fine playing them as long as they don't go to Bloomington.  He'd like the tournament atmosphere that playing in Indy would bring and of course in the history book there were all those years it went back and forth between Indy and Louisville.
 
2017-03-16 08:20:01 PM  

Killer Cars: Tom Crean is pretty much your classic "good recruiter, terrible in-game tactician" head coach.


The problem is that recruiting is the easy part at a place like IU.  It's got a great venue, it's a classic "basketball school" where the students and fans care more about basketball than football, etc.
 
2017-03-16 08:26:52 PM  

bionicjoe: I'm a life long Kentucky fan, and every year for most of my life the Indiana game in December was usually the first big game of the season.


Thought experiment for you (and the other Wildcat fans): in 2008, when IU was looking for a coach, John Calipari was still at Memphis. Coming off an NCAA championship game appearance and, by all accounts, more than a little disappointed that UK didn't consider him when they hired Gillispie.

How much changes if Cal is in Bloomington for the 2009-10 season?
 
2017-03-16 08:33:15 PM  
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LOL WUT
 
2017-03-16 08:35:57 PM  

Gonz: bionicjoe: I'm a life long Kentucky fan, and every year for most of my life the Indiana game in December was usually the first big game of the season.

Thought experiment for you (and the other Wildcat fans): in 2008, when IU was looking for a coach, John Calipari was still at Memphis. Coming off an NCAA championship game appearance and, by all accounts, more than a little disappointed that UK didn't consider him when they hired Gillispie.

How much changes if Cal is in Bloomington for the 2009-10 season?


Depends on when we find out about Cal's NCAA violations...  he's breaking the rules no matter where he is coaching.  (Or ignoring it when it happens under his nose)
 
2017-03-16 08:45:43 PM  
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You're firing me?
 
2017-03-16 08:53:47 PM  
I give absolute no shiats about a single NCAA team of any sport but I heard about that little stunt they pulled with the NIT and that was absolute bush league behavior, good on his bosses to can him
 
2017-03-16 09:51:03 PM  

Gonz: bionicjoe: I'm a life long Kentucky fan, and every year for most of my life the Indiana game in December was usually the first big game of the season.

Thought experiment for you (and the other Wildcat fans): in 2008, when IU was looking for a coach, John Calipari was still at Memphis. Coming off an NCAA championship game appearance and, by all accounts, more than a little disappointed that UK didn't consider him when they hired Gillispie.

How much changes if Cal is in Bloomington for the 2009-10 season?


From what I heard Cal still had a good team in Memphis, and didn't want to walk away right then. 
RJ Corman was a big booster & he flew Cal in when he was hired. (Side note: My wife met Cal when he came to visit RJ in the hospital.) Rumors are that the boosters said the job was Cal's when he wanted it. 

Everyone in Lexington knows that Gillespie was a placeholder. He thought he was hired, but it was evident he wasn't getting a contract. Thus he mailed it in. The local news reported that he didn't want to sign a contract, but who the hell wouldn't sign a coaching deal with UK basketball? Gillespie made jokes about Tubby leaving. 
That guy's last season was brutal. I felt bad for the guy.
 
2017-03-17 01:21:09 AM  
HMMMMM let's see, Steve Alford is having a pretty good year at UCLA, where he is hated when he isn't having a year like this one (and his son is a senior right?)....????
 
2017-03-17 09:00:01 AM  

Gonz: Thought experiment for you (and the other Wildcat fans): in 2008, when IU was looking for a coach, John Calipari was still at Memphis. Coming off an NCAA championship game appearance and, by all accounts, more than a little disappointed that UK didn't consider him when they hired Gillispie.


You can blame that one on Kentucky's feckless teetotaling AD.  The trustees effectively took him out of the loop after the BG fiasco.
 
2017-03-17 10:02:29 AM  
Good. Fark that classless douche.
 
2017-03-17 11:20:43 AM  

AquaTatanka: Gonz: bionicjoe: I'm a life long Kentucky fan, and every year for most of my life the Indiana game in December was usually the first big game of the season.

Thought experiment for you (and the other Wildcat fans): in 2008, when IU was looking for a coach, John Calipari was still at Memphis. Coming off an NCAA championship game appearance and, by all accounts, more than a little disappointed that UK didn't consider him when they hired Gillispie.

How much changes if Cal is in Bloomington for the 2009-10 season?

Depends on when we find out about Cal's NCAA violations...  he's breaking the rules no matter where he is coaching.  (Or ignoring it when it happens under his nose)


Kentucky might be a situation where he doesn't really need to cheat.  He can just say to recruits, "Hey, did I mention that LeBron James is a good friend of mine?"

/he's probably cheating
 
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