Day 1 from Puerto Rico

Thanks to IU media relations for creating this video.

What I learned:

  • Indiana disembarks from the bus as well as any team in the country. Fine work there.
  • During most of the day in Puerto Rico, an awesome drum beat follows you wherever you go.
  • Dustin really is the only media guy who could find the island.
  • Every NBA team has a scout in Puerto Rico. They likely have a larger expense account than Dustin.
  • That last bullet point was merely a reminder to Dustin.
  • Sorry for the interruption.

20 comments

  1. Why don’t freshman have to carry stuff anymore for the team?
    Is Bobby wearing a back brace?
    Is it just me, or does the El Coliseo look like a 3A high school gym in Indiana?
    Tape on the court: is Crean still implementing new offensive action, or is the team slow in picking it up? Both?
    Why does J.D. always warm-ups? Is the sports info biz really that physically demanding? (the Scoop seems to be abe to pull it off in shirts & ties, albethey sometimes holiday-themed)

    For the record, whoever scheduled this tournament on the same weekend as the Bucket Game- FAIL.

  2. God Bless Tom Crean and everything he’s doing for the program but can someone get Coach a geography lesson? I believe it’s around the 6:33 frame in the clip where he states “we’re in another country”. I get what he’s saying about looking out in a different environment and keeping your wits about you, however, another country? Last time I checked(and it was about 7th grade)Puerto Rico is as U.S. Territory with U.S. citizens. Hopefully, it’s just jet lag.

  3. Re: We’re in another country.

    No, it’s just what Coach says every time he’s not in Indiana.

  4. build on…get better…not even scratching the surface…we’ll get there…it’s a grind…there gonna find out…we’ll see where we’re at…physicality…foundation…something to build on…try some new things…earn some spots…nothing’s been set…try to get where we need to go….it’s gonna take time…this is a process…the up side is….if you can’t get excited…I’m excited…we’ll find out…their bodies aren’t there…the plus side is…we understand that…I hope our fans…great fans…bring this program back…this is just the beginning…understand situations…..and as I’ve said many times….process…we’re seeing some things…not quite there….extra pepperoni…we can practice it all day….I’m not one of these guys….this is a whole new level…we’ll try some sets….we’ve gone through some things…they understand…unprecedented…this is new territory….we’re not there yet…I realize…they realize…we’re gonna be better because of it…we’re working through those things…they know that…we’ll try to take a look…the down side…see what works…they’re getting a feel…match up….small steps…we’re nowhere near that point…nothing set in stone…I’m not that kind of coach…it would be easy to….we want to reward effort…the effort’s there….correct some things…no excuses…it’s a whole new level…our fan base..great fans.

    Is it just me?… Did the interviewer just pull a string out of Chatty Crean’s back?

  5. Patrick, you don’t need your passport to travel within the U.S. but you need it in Puerto Rico…at least you did last summer. I still call it another country and I know many people that do.

  6. Jay, I figured someone would say that. My best friend goes every summer and needs a passport. I was at AAA last summer booking a cruise out of San Juan and was told I needed one. That is just my honest to GOD first hand experience.

  7. J Pat,

    I think that because you were going to leave on a cruise that would make port outside of US territory is why you needed a passport. The Puerto Rican government says you don’t need a passport when arriving from a US destination.

    Yes, I was freshman on the 1967 team. IU was so thin that we practiced everday against the big boys. It was a true adventure. We played two gamese against OSU and MSU. OSU had Rex Kern, John Brockington, Jack Tatum, Leo Hayden, Jan White and others. We actually had the lead at halftime, lost the game though. Now does that sound familiar?

  8. Sept. 10, 1979: Knight is sentenced in absentia to six months in jail after being convicted of hitting Puerto Rican police officer Juan de Silva before a July practice at the Pan American Games. The U.S. team had won the gold medal five days after the incident. The government of Puerto Rico decides in 1987 to drop efforts to extradite Knight.

    If you have any remote connection to Hoosier basketball, you best consider it another country.

  9. Jay, that is interesting about the cruise ship and makes total sense. I will find out firsthand this summer when and if you have to show it around the Island.

    Great story. My dad would have followed that. I will have to ask him for details. He still talks about driving out west in a convertible to watch the Rose Bowl vs OJ. Did you have a good/positive experience playing at IU and where do you live now? Thank you!

  10. J Pat, I had two concussions during my freshman year. That ended my playing career. That’s why I would plead with Mike P to be very careful with his son. It is also why I did not push my two sons to play. If they wanted to play that was fine but I never pushed them. They never played.
    For three years I helped coach the freshman team, scouted, recuited and kept game statisitcs. Had to justify my “free” education as some people call it, plus I liked doing it.
    My experience was good but many of the same problems that exist today existed in 1967. My position is and always has been that recruiting is the main issue. There simply are not enough high school football players in Indiana. IU will not get all of the good ones, in state. So what are they left with? My opinion or possible solution isn’t relevant, so I won’t bore you with it.
    I live in Aurora, IL.
    That’s enough boring

  11. J Pat, I had two concussions during my freshman year. That ended my playing career. That’s why I would plead with Mike P to be very careful with his son. It is also why I did not push my two sons to play. If they wanted to play that was fine but I never pushed them. They never played.
    For three years I helped coach the freshman team, scouted, recuited and kept game statisitcs. Had to justify my “free” education as some people call it, plus I liked doing it.
    My experience was good but many of the same problems that exist today existed in 1967. My position is and always has been that recruiting is the main issue. There simply are not enough high school football players in Indiana. IU will not get all of the good ones, in state. So what are they left with? My opinion or possible solution isn’t relevant, so I won’t bore you with it.

    I live in Aurora, IL.

    That’s enough boring monologue for today.

  12. I always take a passport when I go to Kentucky to visit family. A translator, too. Carry a few cans of spam, as well, for bribes.

  13. Jay, I did not think it was boring at all. Thanks for sharing…very much! I am worried about my son too but he is 3 so I have a while.

  14. Chet, if you think Kentucky is bad, try Alabama. I live in Nashville, which is close enough that we have periodic invasions such as when ‘the Tide’ plays Vanderbilt. It is, shall we say, enlightening ……

  15. Chet and Eric,
    Years ago Texas outlawed guns and knives in bars and night clubs. In LA at the door they ask you if have a gun or knife. If you don’t have one they give you one.

  16. I went to flight training in Pensacola, which is where the folks from Alabama go when they want to travel overseas. I think it’s a wash with Kentucky.
    As far as Texas, I’ve never seen a place where there are so many shooting deaths where no charges are filed without the term “warlord” being an official position.

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