A source close to the situation confirmed Sunday morning that Indiana is working to finalize the hiring of Towson assistant coach Kenny Johnson to fill the assistant position left vacant when Bennie Seltzer left to become the head coach at Samford.
Johnson spent one year with Towson, which suffered through a 1-31 season this year. However, he was previously a coach for the vaunted Washington D.C. area AAU program Team Takeover. Johnson was reported to be interviewing for the position last week and attended Indiana’s award ceremony for the 2011-12 squad at Assembly Hall on Thursday night.
Calbert Cheaney, Indiana’s director of operations and the school’s all-time leading scorer, was the heir apparent for the position, and Crean suggested at a press conference on Tuesday that it was his job if he wanted it, but that he might elect to stay in his current position. He said he would move quickly if Cheaney opted not to take the promotion and would make a hire shortly after this weekend’s recruit evaluation period. Cheaney was in Fishers on Sunday watching IU 2013 commitments Devin Davis and Luke Fischer.