Hoosier Morning for March 21

1. HOOSIERS HQ
The idea of Indiana hiring Steve Alford as its next coach lacks any appeal, I wrote.

Two of Indiana’s three 2017 signees have asked for a release from their letter of intent, Mike wrote.

The IU women’s basketball season is already one for the record books heading into Thursday’s WNIT game against SMU, Jon writes.

Indiana coach Ray Looze and swimmer Lilly King took home Big Ten yearly honors, we reported.

2. IT’S INDIANA
Indiana firing Tom Crean started the coaching carousel and the questions to coaches, Adam Zagoria writes for the New York Times.

Indiana’s coaching search ultimately boils down to six candidates, none of them named Donovan, Stevens or Bennett, Gary Parrish of CBSsports.com writes.

Tom Crean is among the potential coaching candidates at Oklahoma State, Ben Smith of News9.com writes.

Lack of leadership, from himself, not just the players, contributed to Tom Crean’s demise at IU, Steven Reinoehl of the Indiana Daily Student writes.

The Houston Rockets signed former Hoosier Troy Williams for the rest of the season on Monday, Scott Agness of VigilantSports.com reports.

The year it all ended for Tom Crean at Indiana started with what turned out to be a grand illusion, Ryan Corazza of Inside the Hall writes.

Former IU assistant Kenny Johnson, now at Louisville, talked about Tom Crean, Indiana and recruiting in-state with Scott Agness of VigilantSports.com.

Tom Crean got fired and it was open season for IU football jokes at Tom Allen’s expense, Dan at puntjohnpunt.com writes.

3. ONE FOR THE ROAD
For the IU signees breaking up with the Hoosiers, “Way Out of Here” by Porcupine Tree live.

One comment

  1. I got news for Dan at puntjohnpunt.com, Pete Thamel of Sports Illustrated isn’t the only person in sports media mocking Fred Glass (and IU in general) over the firing of Tom Crean and Kevin Wilson. But I agree that Fred Glass is likely to be fired if IU’s next Basketball coach is not a HUGE success in the near future. Remember, IU fans don’t care about Big Ten Championships, going to the Sweet 16, being named conference Coach of the Year, or developing numerous NBA Lottery picks. IU fans/boosters have made great the enemy of good. Although I don’t know why, since it’s been 30 years since the last one, we expect IU basketball to win NCAA Championships on a regular basis. And Fred Glass, by articulating such lofty expectations, in spite of the 30-year history, has probably talked himself out of a job in a few years. If his next big hire doesn’t meet those expectations, it’s not like Glass has any others to fall back upon. No one’s going to come to his defense because of the upgrades made to Assembly Hall or because IU flies the biggest American flag in all of college sports.

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