Official statement from Crean on Thomas, Bassett and Ellis

Here’s the official release, which was leaked to ESPN earlier.

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana Men’s Basketball Coach Tom Crean announced today
that junior DeAndre Thomas has been dismissed from the program and will not
have his scholarship renewed. In addition, sophomore Armon Bassett will not
be reinstated for failing to comply with University and Athletic Department
guidelines. Junior Jamarcus Ellis also will not be reinstated to the active
roster. Both Bassett and Ellis were originally dismissed from the program
on March 31. Crean also announced on Thursday that freshman Eli Holman
would not return next season.

“Before you build a team, you need to develop a family,” said Crean. “We
will go through the learning process, feel some growing pains and experience
some bumps in the road along the way. We need the Hoosier Nation to rally
around this program as we go through these stages.”

“Our staff is going to ensure that anyone who attends this University and
wears the Indiana uniform will make this privilege among their highest
priorities and not treat the opportunity as an entitlement,” added Crean.
“We fully expect our student-athletes to accept the responsibilities
academically, athletically and socially that come with representing one of
the top programs in college basketball history.”

39 comments

  1. Good.

    I don’t care if we suck next year as long as we have kids that WANT to be Hoosiers.

  2. So glad to hear this. I agree with Laffy… bring us some people who want to play here, and are willing to do what’s right to be a Hoosier.

    Crean is cleaning house!!!!! Whoo-hoooo!

  3. JUST WONDERING HOW ESPN FINDS THESE THINGS OUT BEFORE THE LOCAL WRITERS DO? WHERE AND WHO ARE THE LEAKS?

  4. NO!!! DeAndre Thomas was one of my favorites to watch because he defies physics with the way he moves vs his weight. I was just always in awe at the way he moved so quickly and jumped higher than you’d think a person of his size could jump. I’ll miss watching him…I was looking forward to watching him develop and evolve as a player.

  5. The Crean hire just went from a 9 out of 10 to a 10 out of 10 for me. It takes CAJONES to not be willing to take a risk and let some of these guys back on the team.

    The man has principles and demands the best. This sets a VERY high bar for folks who will commit to Indiana in the future.

    I WILL SAY IT FIRST…. THERE IS A NEW GENERAL IN TOWN!

  6. I’m in complete harmony with this clearing house announcement. I suspect grades were poor, attendance in the classroom next to nil, attitude adjustments were being requested, and as the press release accurately stated, entitlement swagger has no place in the IU hoops program. I don’t care if we don’t see another Final Four, returning to the recruitment of true student/athletes exceeds my expectations of Coach Crean and the IU Athletic Department.

    j a c k

  7. UNREAL !!! I GUESS HE HAS TO MAKE SURE HE HAS ENOUGH SPOTS OPEN FOR HIS FORMER PLAYERS AND RECRUITS THAT ARE COMING FROM MARQUETTE !!!

    TO BAD THEY DON’T PRINT BOTH SIDES OF THESE STORIES INSTEAD OF JUST THE SIDES THAT MAKE THE PLAYERS LOOK BAD !!!

    BRING ON FOOTBALL !!!

  8. This is probably the fastset way for IU to get back on track. Now coach Crean can bring in real student athletes that have a work ethic and a desire to play for IU.

    I don’t blame these kids for everything. Yes, they should have done the work and put the team before themselves but all of this was fostered by Kelvin Sampson. He takes the lions share of the blame for turning these kids lives upside down and putting IU in this spot.

    Maybe Kelvin can offer these guys some of that $750k or part of his NBA contract money after they end up out of basketball with nothing in a few years.

  9. Sam, I’m with you completely. My revulsion for that man is only fueled by these problems. I’m really sort of sad about Dre – but I bet Crean had a good reason for it.

  10. Outstanding developments. I like Coach Crean more and more. GO HOOSIERS!!!

  11. “UNREAL !!! I GUESS HE HAS TO MAKE SURE HE HAS ENOUGH SPOTS OPEN FOR HIS FORMER PLAYERS AND RECRUITS THAT ARE COMING FROM MARQUETTE !!!

    TO BAD THEY DON’T PRINT BOTH SIDES OF THESE STORIES INSTEAD OF JUST THE SIDES THAT MAKE THE PLAYERS LOOK BAD !!!”

    Sorry UNREAL, it’s the players that made the players look bad…not the story. Coach Crean is showing himself to be a class act. You on the other hand…

  12. Indiana University basketball just took a giant step forward. A major statement to the college basketball nation, future recruits, and to the current team.

    Take notes Bill Lynch. Take a stand on the bad boy attitudes. One mistake……work with them…two mistakes = a zero tolerance warning…..three strikes and your out.

  13. Who knows when the players after the BK dismissal wanted it there way or noway then maybe IU could have skipped a couple changes by just saying good bye and good luck. Maybe Holman’s last words before he broke something was… “I HAVE NO WHERE ELSE TO GO!!” Memphis my boy Memphis will take anyone.

  14. “Memphis my boy Memphis will take anyone.”

    Just an observation: Maybe you shouldn’t use the national runner-up as the school we DON’T want to be like. They’re obviously doing SOMETHING right.

  15. Do’t you all think they all failed to keep their grades above the minimum required to stay on the team? The timing of these announcements (right after finals) makes me think so!

  16. I think IU and Memphis have the same amount of players coming back, but for different reasons. IU is now doing SOMETHING right.

  17. Swampy – perhaps the only thing Memphis appears to be doing right is winning. They are sure not graduating players or breaking any academic records. I heard Calipari comment recently that he hired a Chinese born assistant just to give him an advantage in recruiting Chinese players. Hello college athletics, let me intoduce you to globalization? That program is suspect.

  18. Remember the old Lee Corso line; “WE MAY NOT WIN MANY GAMES BUT WE’LL SURE LOOK GOOD”. Clean the house and the recruits will come eventually. Man it will be nice to watch players who want to be here and who will play their tails off, win or lose. It’s not the size of the dog in the fight, its the size of the fight in the dog. GO HOOSIERS!!!

  19. Unreal….To bad you don’t know that much about what you are saying. It is probably in the best interest for the players not to say anything. Why allow everyone to find out the reasons you couldn’t make it in a Big Ten school and on a Big Ten team. These guys have been nothing but trouble since they got here. Even Ratliff joined them in their problems. I am glad to see that we have a coach that will make the players accountable for their actions. I believe people owe Dan Dakich an apology. He knew what was happening and when he had a chance, he began taking care of the problems. For the remaining players I will be at every home game to support you and cheer you on. Good Luck Hoosiers!

  20. I have very close contacts with players on the team.

    It would have been nuts for Crean to deal with these guys.

    Their academics were a mess, drugs, alchohol and total disrespect for everything IU basketball stands for .

    If this had been done earlier in the year Eric Gordan might have stayed another year. One of the reasons he could not get out of here fast enough was the “”accepted”” disregard for rules that these players exhibited without consequence under Sampson.

    Way to go Crean.

  21. grades … and maybe some man to man, face to face talks with these boys (not men). Maybe C Crean found out the attitude was still there.

    [thought bubble above Coach Crean] “Hmmmmm…….these are not the type of kids I want on my team.”

    Result: BOOTSKI

  22. Insider- You hit the nail on the head. Couldn’t have said it better myself. Why do you think Gordon’s dad watched over him so much. He knew what was happening and did not want to throw everything away.

  23. Thank goodness Coach Crean made this decision. It’s hard to lead when you don’t have the right followers. I feel he will put a product on the floor of Assembly Hall that will be fun to watch and one that fans will support. It may take a couple of years to get back to championship caliber but I feel he’s on the right path. One only needs to look up the road, at Lafayette, to see that you need players who will buy into your system, play hard, and play as a team. They don’t necessarily need to be the “blue chippers” that many schools clamor after.

  24. Yea, I guess Gordon’s jump to the NBA wasn’t as bad of a move as alot of us thought after all. He could have been getting stoned and failing out of classes too by this time next year. Doesn’t seem like his boys would have pushed him to do anything more.

  25. UNREAL

    Put the bong down long enough to realize this is what is best for the program in the big picture. There is a good chance we wouldn’t be eligbile for the tournament even if we are eligible next year. To allow this circus atmosphere that KS created to go on any further would be career suicide on Coach Creans part. If you don’t like it, you can leave town with them

  26. This couldn’t have happened fast enough! As a student living in an apartment in B-Town, I have seen some very interesting things with these players. Given my local and the fact that my neighbor provides a number of players, and a well known member (or ex-member) of the football team, with stuff that may, or may not be legal, I just think that a lot of the players from last years team should not have had the privilege of wearing an IU uniform.

  27. I’m disapointed to see Basset go but it was probally for the best. Is it for sure that Jordan Crawford is staying and has anybody heard anything about Maurice Sutton or Verdell Jones?

  28. This just goes to show even more how Sampson was the absolute worst coach IU has ever had. This had to happen. We don’t need anymore negative reminders about Sampson’s “legacy” at IU. I hope he stays in the NBA (which sucks anyways) and never returns to college. And quite frankly I don’t ever see that happening.

  29. Coach Crean & IU has not shown anything but a lack of willingness and/or ability to solve and/or work thru problems. He is absolutely taking the easy way out. ANYONE could do what he is doing. IU has become the laughing stock of the college B-ball world if not all of college sports. I hope everyone will be as supportive following 2 – 3 successive 15- game winning seasons (i.e. 20+ game losing) as you are now. Any kid who trusts this institution, their athletic dept and/or their coach has to have their head examined (as does any incoming coach). It started with Coach Mall, continued with BK and has even gone further with secondary sports. These people making 6 figures+ who are making these incredibly expensive decisions on behalf of IU NATION is embarrasing. They couldn’t find their ass if someone duct taped their hands to their butt cheeks and then said “squeeze”. ‘Nough said – between them and the Big Ten Network – in the words of Mr. Gable “Frankly my dear, I no longer give a damn”. Unfortunately – I know I am not alone.

  30. db……your first two lines make NO sense. I have gone down in history as agreeing with some of your rhetoric about the IU admin, but you are a bit negative. Crean is dealing with the issues at hand. Nothing easy about it. What is the right thing. Keep the thugs and make them happy?

  31. This is a sad but great day in IU Basketball history. We have a coach who understands IU basketball history well enough to respect it and the ethics to do what is right.

    Keep up the good work Coach Crean and Staff!! I think I’ll start buying basketball tickets again!

    The Davis and Sampson years have been an absolute nightmare for me and most of the people who appreciate quality basketball. Thank goodness the nightmare is almost over…

    It still bothers me to no end that IU actually paid that dirtbag $750K to leave. Maybe Coach Crean can teach the IU administration what ethics and honor are all about.

  32. BacktoBasics, why don’t you remove that plank in your own eye before you start calling people dirtbags?

  33. For the first time since BK, I feel like a return to Bloomington! A real coach has once again entered the building. For this, I will wait through thick and thin for as long as it takes to get the program back to its historic standard…so long as it continues to be done with integrity, respect, and honor.

  34. I can’t wait to see the circus. A coach that can only recruit and can’t win the big games. Just look how far he took Marquette in the tourney (minus the Dwayne Wade years). Not far. With very little on the cupboard this year, this should be comedy at its best. God I hope there are alot of nationally televised games, so the whole nation can see. Maybe we can have some good chair throwing to fit the Indiana tradition.

  35. PO’d Marquette fans should stop posting and bashing the coach they previously thought of as great. On all sports commenting sites I have been to, there is always a Marquette fan showing no class. They really should get some because they are staining the reputation of their school.

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