Hoosier Morning for Jan. 17

1. HOOSIERS HQ
It’s time for OG Anunoby to be “da man” and rejoin the starting lineup, I wrote.

Tevin Coleman and Jason Spriggs squaring off guarantees a second straight year with a Hoosier in the Super Bowl, we reported.

2. IT’S INDIANA
Former Hoosier Eric Gordon is making a bid for his first NBA All-Star appearance with a stellar season in Houston, Scott Agness of VigilantSports.com writes.

Longtime radio announcer Don Fischer is Indiana’s voice of reason, Terry Hutchens of CNHI writes.

James Blackmon Jr., the freshmen and turnovers — committed and forced — are the positives in stock watch, by Zach Osterman of the Indianapolis Star.

Indiana lands as a 9 seed in the debut bracketology of 2017,

News and notes from Tom Crean’s radio show, which also included Chuck Martin and James Blackmon Jr., Josh Margolis of Inside the Hall writes.

Indiana basketball has a Trumpian relationship with the media, Paul M. Banks of thesportsbank.net writes.

Ohio State has hired an offensive mastermind, but Kevin Wilson’s departure from Indiana carries a cloud, Bill Rabinowitz of the Columbus Dispatch writes.

3. ONE FOR THE ROAD
Dedicating this one to OG, “Listen To The Man” by George Ezra, with video featuring Sir Ian McKellen.

12 comments

  1. HT Guys…..any thoughts on the media relations? Remember Dustin and Crean issues but nothing I remember from you guys….But again, I’m old – may gave forgotten.

    1. Ron,
      Let’s just say I wouldn’t have published that story if I didn’t think there was some truth to it. I don’t really buy the whole “Tom Crean is a media darling” notion, and the author of the article clearly isn’t in the know directly, so he doesn’t get everything right. But there is a certain paranoia, disrespect and closed off approach to media relations that is unique to basketball.

      1. Interesting how the piece from Banks spins it back toward Knight as setting the tone of disdain for the press. Obviously, a certain amount of arrogance and mockery of the guys with mics came with numerous Final Four runs and three banners.
        When the best thing you got in your bag of tricks is a few Sweet 16’s, hard to imagine an ego alone could afford such luxuries to dodge every inquisition.
        Knight may have been intimidating to the press, but he hardly dodged it to convey the disdain. He sparred much like an Ali with Cosell. He demonstrated some wit and sarcasm(albeit often laced with profanity) to go along with the “attitude.” Much of the issue with Crean is (a) arrogance without merit…and (b) a total lack of wit/slyness in eye to go along with the examinations from the press. Knight always sold that little bit of a poker face to fight the press on “behalf” of Indiana. Crean has no poker face nor strong hand of intelligent response to pounce with an edge. We see a huge stack of chips next to Tom and wonder how in the hell he won the silence….?

  2. Here’s a question for the class.

    It’s obvious the there are questions about the performance of the basketball team. No one, I believe, is satisfied with the post season outcomes even with 2 conference titles in the bag.

    Is Fred Glass looking into other coaches simply as an athletic director exercising due diligence or does he feel that he should be putting all his eggs in the CTC basket? If, for example, it all came crashing down as the season wound down would he start looking then or is his faith in the current coach unquestioned? What would be the tipping point?

    Is part of his job as AD to be always on the lookout for better personnel or is it to have unquestioned loyalty and stand behind the current coach?

    Just asking.

  3. Interesting. Tipping point may be achieved this season. Kansas & NC, I ,along with others were thinking, ‘final four potential’ Now, lose another couple of games & it’s NIT. With a one and out at the B1G tourney & NIT, I would think we would be past the tipping point.

    Problem will be timing. Who is available, who would be interested and who would IU want. I would think Mr. Fred would start to hedge his bets about now and keep his ears/eyes open. What is the possibility that CTC may also be kind of looking? Be smart on his part.
    Also to play into the decisions, at this point, we have no ‘big name’ recruits signed, so minimal damage if a coaching change were to happen.

    Think it would be a waste of time to be looking for better personal if not willing to make the change. Unquestioned loyalty only goes so far. Diminished fan interest in the product and empty seats will go along way in documenting the need for change.

    But, hell, what do I know.

  4. Unbridled loyalty. Tom Crean played a major role in hiring Fred Glass(I would even say that the others present were in the “hiring committee” room more for appearances and legalities).
    You guys can play around with this topic like yo-yo masters, but anything less than a huge scandal, or back-to-back years of missing the Big Dance, wouldn’t garner an ounce of response or uneasiness from the administrative side.
    I tend to think we have an oblivious IU president(as it pertains to IU Athletics). Any housecleaning would have to include the AD who was hired by the basketball coach. Everything that was born of the “hiring committee” mess would have to be resolved by the president.
    The situation at IU is beyond unique. I doubt you’d find any other D-1 program in the country where such loyalties were formed in committee rooms.
    What allows a coach to have a “Trumpian” relationship with the media…? Well, having immense job security via the loyalty that comes with hiring your own AD certainly adds the power to formulate the buffers to avoid the questions and honest answering of concerns from fans.

    I’ve always seen the Fred & Tom relationship as cemented long before the formalities of the unconventional/messed up order of business that followed in the respective hiring committees(coach first, AD second). I doubt that even the most elite coaches in the country have a loyalty from an AD that could match being in a hiring committee room to select your own AD.

    Bottom line: Most of us we’ll be sucking on straws and eating very soft foods before any changes in the headmaster at McCracken. These guys arrived on the heels of all that overblown/oversold/over-dramatized Sampson witch hunt….They aren’t going to trip over their shoelaces. Their power is secure. They have a president who is clueless to the meltdown(confidence and perception of a pedigree program from in-state h.s. coaches and in-state talent) that is occurring at the core/lore in the candy stripes. All they have to do is keep their noses clean. Firing a solid football coach for minor stuff helps add to such “professionalism” and the “squeaky clean” image that reinforces the untouchable wall of Fred & Tom power.

  5. Former Hoosier Eric Gordon is making a bid for his first NBA All-Star appearance with a stellar season in Houston, Scott Agness of VigilantSports.com writes.

    Awesome. Always had faith in EJ. Sad that many of the injuries stymied some of his power to the rim. Doubt that he’ll ever get back 100% to that level of explosiveness, but nice to see he’s finally getting some press(reaping the benefits of playing with an unselfish teammate like Harden).

  6. Jeremy, I never saw him as any sort of media darling from my perspective. Sure, there were some cute human interest stories along the way but, as you implied, he doesn’t come across are warm and fuzzy in his dealings with the media by any stretch. Sometimes people are tardy because they want to make a statement as to where the power lies. While that may apply to some degree here I think the overall philosophy is to make the situation unpleasant enough that there were be fewer media requests and fewer pressers. That is not a good long game. He should be cultivating resources not poisoning them and the media is one of the biggest resources available to a college coach. It doesn’t really make sense because, by and large, he’s not really doing anything that should draw a lot of criticism.

    Ron, so you think he might be doing some window shopping about now? Maybe. I wouldn’t have thought so a few weeks ago when we had a different football coach. Now, I’m not so sure.

  7. It doesn’t really make sense because, by and large, he’s not really doing anything that should draw a lot of criticism.

    In terms of conduct with the media or basketball “coaching?”

    It’s obvious the there are questions about the performance of the basketball team. No one, I believe, is satisfied with the post season outcomes even with 2 conference titles in the bag.

    Now wait a minute…? Huh….?
    A period of three straight losses.
    Losses to IPFW and Nebraska(home)…
    Two losses at home in a very young season.
    Flirting with a top-5 ranking and in a matter of two weeks we’re flirting with the sharing the bottom of the conference standings?
    Pretty much manhandled by Louisville and Wisconsin.
    Loss of state bragging rights to to Purdue and Butler(in terms of positive results this season and the continued loss of in-state recruits to the aforementioned “rivals”).
    Poor chemistry and the appearance of infighting on the team(I think you mentioned the latter, Chet).
    Digression in Bryant.
    Terribly slow starts to games(as if the team lacks passion).

    What’s to criticize? Everything is hunky-dory.

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