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  1. I notice I’m the first to comment here and that no one else has made any comments. Doesn’t anyone care what Coach TC says, and/or agrees with everything he says? That’s hard to believe.

    On the other hand, quite a few comments have been made about the new soccer coach.

  2. Getting Yeagley is huge. It is the best hire IU has seen in a long time.
    On the other hand, hearing Crean’s same old excuses time and time again is boring.

  3. Steve Alford could have gotten 15 points and 10 boards out of Kyle Taber last year. Pat Knight would have Pritchard playing out of his mind by now, competing for Big 10 POY.

    I am tired of Crean’s excuses. We should be 9-0 right now with the young talent we have on this team. We should have been in the NIT last year.

  4. Crean’s teams will always stay young. They will never be like New Mexico. Veteran leadership is what other teams have. Crean’s teams never develop any. Who will transfer next year? Hopefully Tom Crean himself.

  5. Who’s GooFyDave?

    In other news, I took a look at Crean’s last 3 rosters at MU:

    –2005-2006: 5 Juniors and Seniors, including Steve Novak (record of 20-11)

    –2006-2007: 7 Juniors and Seniors (25-10)

    –2007-2008: 8 Juniors and Seniors (25-10)

    Young teams? No.

    Facts are pesky things aren’t they?

  6. Who’s GooFyDave?

    steviewondersvision: that wasn’t GFDave’s question, so please try to work on your reading comprehension. But now that you ask: Let’s see what Iowa did in in Alford’s last three years at Iowa vis-a-vis the NCAA:

    2004-2005: Lost in first round to Cincy.

    2005-2006: Lost to Northwestern State in first round

    2006-2007: No postseason invitation

    Crean at Marquette:

    2005-2006: Lost to Alabama first round NCAA

    2006-2007: Lost to Mich State in first round in a 8 v 9 seed game

    2007-2008: Defeated Utah State first round NCAA, lost to Mizzou second round

    So it appears that Crean has one more NCAA victory than Alford during their last three years at their prior respective schools. Also, Crean had a better overall won-lose record during this three year period.

    Facts are a pesky things, aren’t they?

    Going back to your earlier drivel, steviewondersvision:

    According to you its Crean’s fault that Pritchard is a little slow. Using that logic, it must be Knight’s fault that Mandeville and Eggers were worse. It had to be a lack of fundamental coaching that caused those two to be total failures at at the college level, right? According to your flawed logic the players are just clay waiting to molded, with no attributes of their own.

  7. Who’s GooFyDave?

    It’s the man in the mirror, GooFy. Go take a look!

  8. GFDave,

    These guy(s) are just yanking your chain. He/they don’t care about your numbers.

    I’m on the record I like Coach Crean, and I appreciate the progress this team is making… Creek, Elston, and tonight Hulls begins to show…by the end of this season and next for sure He will shut them up without any help from bloggers.

    I also really like Coach Steve and hope he has a great year at UNM. He’s a great part of IU hoops history. The guy using his name on here is disgracing him…just my opinion.

    Go Hoosiers!!

  9. I know and appreciate what you are saying KevinK. I agree with you about the real Steve Alford. Its too bad that his name is being used as a tool to divide people. You should post more often. I know you are reading.

    I still don’t know who GooFyDave is. Must be somebody new.

    Anyway, I think Sybil should also take a look in the mirror. I don’t know who she might see. Maybe nobody important.

  10. You want numbers? Let’s take kenpom’s:

    1. New Mexico (Steve Alford) is 12-0, was expected to be 10-2, Steve Alford and his team have exceeded expectations.

    2. Texas Tech (Pat Knight) is 9-1, was expected to be 9-1, nothing unusual here either way.

    3. Indiana Hoosiers (Tom Crean) is 5-5, was expected to be 6-4 so Tom Crean’s team is underperforming. Again.

    You wanted numbers. I gave you cold objective numbers coming from one and the same analysis tool (kenpom’s predictive system.) Conclusion: Tom Crean is (so far) below Pat Knight and Steve Alford.

  11. According to you its Crean’s fault that Pritchard is a little slow. Using that logic, it must be Knight’s fault that Mandeville and Eggers were worse. It had to be a lack of fundamental coaching that caused those two to be total failures at at the college level, right? According to your flawed logic the players are just clay waiting to molded, with no attributes of their own.

    As was said earlier big coaches can have moments of monumental failure. For example Bobby Knight with Larry Bird: by now we know that Bird was a fantastic player capable of carrying an entire program from virtual anonymity (Indiana State) to the championship game. Knight did not recognize that at the time and later said that not keeping Bird was one of the biggest mistakes he ever made as a coach. (Still, later he repaired some of it by being the one that first brought Larry Bird to Red Auerbach’s attention.)

    So: is it Crean’s fault that Moore, for example, isn’t taller? No. Is it Crean fault that Pritchard is slow? Absolutely yes. Pritchard isn’t just slow; he is much slower than he was last year. He has regressed. So has Dumes. Story and Williams have gone away. Jobe is better, I give you that. But overall it’s clear Crean does not know how to build. He’s now slowly ruining Jordy Hulls’ confidence and overall game. He isn’t building anything. Crean is a big gamble for this basketball program. A big, expensive gamble.

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