McCleod: Crean’s way “works for him”

In Wednesday’s Newark Star-Ledger, former Indiana assistant coach Roshown McLeod made his first public statement about his dismissal since the three sentence statement he released in March. McLeod, recently named the head coach at St. Benedict’s Prep in Newark, N.J., told the Star-Ledger’s Matthew Stanmyre “We saw the game of basketball differently. He saw the game one way and I saw the game another way. It wasn’t a good fit.”

In an interview with the Herald-Times on Wednesday, McLeod again said that there were differences of opinion, but offered a somewhat softened stance.

“He’s the head coach at Indiana,” McLeod said. “He’s had a lot of success in the game of basketball. His way works for him. I was taught the game a certain way. It’s really tough to change that view. You see the game one way and your boss see the game another way. It’s tough. But I learned a lot of things from him. It wasn’t all bad. It wasn’t all bad at all. It’s an experience I’ll never forget and I’ll use it in my career moving forward.”

For now that means being the coach at St. Benedict’s, a program that has been ranked in the top 10 nationally in each of the past seven seasons. Dan Hurley posted a 223-21 record in nine seasons there, producing 29 Division I players and four McDonald’s All-Americans before leaving to be the head coach at Wagner College.

McLeod, a Jersey City native, considers this a dream job.

“It’s the upper echelon of high school basketball,” McLeod said. “It’s got great talent. It’s a great community. I get to make sure that day to day that I’m responsible for young men becoming adults. I’m getting them at a younger age so I can really help influence them.”

And it’s a better than expected opportunity for him to land on his feet after being essentially fired at Indiana.

“Every coach gets fired,” McLeod said. “Probably 5 percent of all coaches never get fired. What matters in your career is how you bounce back from it.”

21 comments

  1. Later dude…….hopefully you have more success recruiting for your new “high school” team than you did at Indiana.

  2. At least he was gracious and didn’t throw Crean or IU under the bus. That would have been tough, because there’s no way Crean would have commented on it.

  3. Ego will get the best of him everytime. Some things never change, he couldnt stay quiet and simply move on. I didnt know he still lived in Btown.

  4. Duke despises Indiana. Coach K despises Indiana. Anything he puts his smell on despises Indiana.

    The only ass from Duke in Assembly Hall again should be an ass kicking.

  5. I kinda think he was throwin Crean under the bus…”I learned basketball this way blah blah blah but it wasn’t ALL bad” Sounds like he’s saying Crean doesn’t know what he’s doing IMO.

  6. That wasn’t my comment, but I am not surprised you are not intelligent enough to figure that out.

  7. There’s a reason Ro didn’t get another college job after the BS he pulled here. The coaching community is tight and they talk when someone tries to go behing someone else’s back.

    From BCS level assistant to high school coach… haha

  8. Hoosiers7557…care to elaborate on “the BS he pulled here”? Just curious as I’ve never heard much apart from his involvement in the David Williams fiasco.

  9. gprophet…….and not sure if this is the same thing that Hoosiers7557 heard as well. But suffice to say Kyrie choosing Duke and McCleod going to Duke was not a coincidence. The feeling is that Roshown nudged Kyrie away from IU and towards Coach K behind Crean’s back. It’s not far fetched given how we had Kyrie in the bag and all of a sudden he’s going to Duke and McCleod gets axed with games still to play (that doesnt happen in college basketball unless you did something pretty bad).

    Both guys handled it with a little class which is good to see. That being said, as someone else mentioned, college coaches talk. NO ONE was going to bring on McCleod after he pulled something like that. NO ONE. This was probably as good as he could have gotten, so good luck to him.

    As far as his statements on the way they see the game, yeah no crap. Pretty obvious, Crean likes to run with a lot of guards and wings while McCleod was a big guy and likes to develop big guys. Obvious mismatch there.

    What I dont understand for the life of me is why didnt the IU staff do more homework on this guy? It wasnt a good fit to begin with. Now McClain on the other hand, that is a great fit from what I know about him.

  10. It was evident he and Coach Crean didnt see things the same way! I think Crean & RO both handled the firing very professional. I wish Ro success the way he handled this situation and I believe Crean will turn the IU program around. Caleb I agree that McClain will be a great fit here with his experience and you may have something in regards to Ro influencing Kyrie which caused the situation. Anyway both coaches handled it the correct way!

  11. It was evident he and Coach Crean didnt see things the same way! I think Crean & RO both handled the firing very professional. I wish Ro success and I believe Crean will turn the IU program around. Caleb I agree that McClain will be a great fit here with his experience and you may have something in regards to Ro influencing Kyrie which caused the situation. Anyway both coaches handled it the correct way!

  12. Yeah, Irving went to Duke because some third assistant at IU told him to.

    Crean just isn’t that good folks. The guy had one great year with Dwayne Wade and he’s still trading on that success. Constantly repeating “bring energy” and “you know, you remind me of D Wade” doesn’t get it done at IU.

  13. Duke Basketball Report says:

    “Roshown McLeod Update!
    by DBR, April 21st, 2010 | Alumni |

    Former Duke star Roshown McLeod, recently fired at Indiana, basically for not landing Kyrie Irving and insufficiently tapping into the New Jersey high school talent market, has found a new job: he’s taking over for Danny Hurley at St. Benedict’s. It’ll be interesting to see what happens next time Tom Crean is out on a recruiting visit in New Jersey.”

    http://www.dukebasketballreport.com/articles/?p=33333

  14. I think time will prove we got a better player in Maurice Creek. Maybe even the possibility of having a great talent stay around at IU for more than one year. Keep our fingers crossed on a full recovery from his knee injury.

    Creek has as much game without the attitude he’s deserving of instant fame.

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