STARLIGHT — Indiana coach Tom Crean was asked about Kentucky coach and close friend John Calipari’s comments at a press conference Tuesday in which he said he told Crean to “move on.” Crean said he agreed.
“If it’s a rivalry, it’s a two-way street,” Crean said. “The scheduling of a rivalry should be a two-way street. We definitely tried to do that. It didn’t work out that way. I saw where he said that he told me to move on. I remember us talking about that we should all move on. I also said to him, ‘Let it go. Pick your next fight. We’re not it any more.’ … It’s obviously not going to happen. I just don’t think he wants to come to Bloomington anymore. I don’t think that’s a secret. It is what it is, so they can do what they think is best for them and we’re gonna do what’s best for us.”
Crean said it’s unlikely that IU will start another home-and-home series with a marquee opponent because it’s getting late in the process, but he would like to have a major one next year.
Crean did say however that “something came up with television today that we’re going to look at,” meaning that there was a suggestion for some sort of made-for-television matchup. He did not elaborate further or say that Indiana would definitely agree to the suggestion.
Crean also said that he would be open to discussing a series with Louisville, though he said it would be highly unlikely that such a series could begin this year.Crean