Hoosier returnees enjoying normalcy

I’m trying to cut down on doing this, but today was sort of intense. We had football availability, then basketball availability shortly thereafter, so there wasn’t a lot of time to blog before I was up against deadline on two stories. The basketball returnees had plenty of interesting stuff to say. My story for tomorrow’s paper follows. Audio is at the bottom.

Two notes that didn’t make it in. Derek Elston is up to about 230 right now and hopes to hit 235. He was listed at 220 last season. Verdell Jones said he’s up from about 173 to 185 and he hopes to get to 195 when the season begins.

For the first time in their tenures at Indiana, the Hoosiers’ junior and sophomore basketball players experienced a summer that at least approached normalcy.

There was certainly some degree of tumult with a new assistant coach and a new strength and conditioning coach joining the staff, the transfer of Bawa Muniru and the addition of three freshmen and a junior college transfer.

But for the first time in their careers, there wasn’t a complete roster overhaul.

Two years ago, in the wake of the Kelvin Sampson recruiting scandal, coach Tom Crean cleaned out the squad and brought in 11 new players to field a team. Last year, the team added six freshmen to a team that included just one player — walk-on Brett Finkelmeier — with more than a year’s worth of service at IU.

After those experiences, four newcomers was nothing.

“We have more of a nucleus this year,” junior guard Verdell Jones said Thursday in a press conference next to sophomores Bobby Capobianco, Jordan Hulls and Derek Elston. “It’s easier to bring (Guy-Marc Michel, Victor Oladipo, Will Sheehey and Jeff Howard) on and get them going. Last year, we only had one year under our belt and (the sophomores) were all new and we still didn’t really have a big clue of what’s going on. It’s a lot easier now that we have a bigger nucleus.”

The benefits to the newfound stability are extensive, the Hoosiers said. Chemistry, they say, has improved tremendously. Last summer, there wasn’t necessarily animosity, they said, but the freshmen tended to bond with the freshmen and the sophomores tended to bond with the sophomores. and the few upperclassmen.

After a year together, they said, the groups had melded together, which made it easier to bring the new players in.

“Team chemistry has been probably at an all-time high,” Elston said. “Last year, we had kind of our little cliques. This year, as soon as the new guys got here. everybody kinda hit home with each other. We’re all around the same age group listening to the same music and stuff, so we were all going out. It wasn’t so much on the basketball court, as much as it is on the outside, just everybody hanging out and getting to know each other. That in turn, will help you on the court.”

It’s helping on the court already, Capobianco said, because everyone wants to be on the floor together and everyone has become more dedicated to playing and working on their skills.

“We spend so much time together that it’s not hard to get any guy in the gym,” Capobianco said. “It’s not hard. You’re not calling people and saying, ‘Hey man, come on. We gotta play today.’ Or ‘We gotta do this.’ You can come (to Cook Hall) at any time of the day and someone’s getting something done.”

Once the season starts, they said, the newcomers will make it easier for the Hoosiers to get a lot more done, especially Michel.
The 7-foot-1, 277-pound transfer from North Idaho College remains the biggest mystery on the roster to the IU fan base. A native of Martinique who played on the U-20 French national team, Michel was being recruited by McClain to Colorado until he left the Buffaloes to join the Hoosiers. The fact that Michel averaged just 7.1 points per game in junior college ball raised concerns that IU might be recruiting another project.

Capobianco said that’s very much not the case.

“He is the center for this team that we’ve been kind of missing,” Capobianco said. “Tom (Pritchard) and I have tried our best over the past two years to really try to guard some of these guys, but it’s a very big strong league and Guy brings us that presence in the paint. He is all of 7-feet, 7-1 or however tall they have him. He’s a legit 280, and I look at myself as one of the stronger guys and I can not move that guy if I try my hardest. He’s big. And we’re really, really looking forward to being able to have a guy who we can come down and in a half-court offense throw it in the post and know that he’s going to be able to just bang, bang and get to the rim.”

And if Michel can be that kind of player, Capobianco said, everyone else will be able to do what they do best.

“We all kind of move back to our natural positions,” Capobianco said. “Especially two years ago and definitely last year, it would come game time, and coach would say, ‘Look, this is what I need you to do.’ And whether or not you had done that before, or that was what you thought you could do, that’s what you did, because that was what was asked of you. But with the additions of Will and Vic and Guy, we all can kind of know that we’re going to play the position that we know the best. Derek and I can go back to playing the 4. Tom and Guy can kind of hold down the middle. We can finally push Christian (Watford) out on the wing, hopefully. It kind of pushes everybody into their own comfort zone.”

Something they’re finding for the first time in their careers.

Elston, Hulls, Capobianco and Jones, Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Matt Roth Part 1

Part 2

39 comments

  1. Great stuff Dustin, and thanks again. Even in the dog days of summer we can always count on the HT to keep IU Nation around the world up to date on what’s happening with the Hoosiers, and in the loop. Even from the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Have a great summer brother and Congratulations Chris, on the Baltimore Sun job! HT is def. losing a GOOD one and a real talent. Be careful out there-Best wishes and God Bless!

  2. Every reason to believe that this team has “rounded the corner”. The confidence and maturity will pay off in seeing our team be “in”
    games that we just could’nt manage last year, A few less turnovers and a few more points on the scoreboard will see this team to being more what the fans expect from a team that says Indiana on their jerseys. Go IU!!!!

  3. I agree Luke72, it appears that dawn is finally here after a VERY long night. I’m not deluded, IU is still a mid-level team in a tough B10, but the foundation is there. Over .500 is reasonable to expect & possible to do for the first time in a few yrs.

  4. That being the case, the point you wanted to make and the target you aimed for are playing hide and seek.

  5. I think most of us got the point, Dustin. Thanks for giving us some good info about basketball in the dog days of summer.

  6. “The benefits to the newfound stability are extensive, the Hoosiers said. Chemistry, they say, has improved tremendously.”

    In light of the above sentences: maybe it’s just me, but I found the preponderance of the disclaimer “they say/they said/the Hoosiers said” in the article a little annoying. It’s as if the reporter making the assertions was too afraid to own any optimism about the team, and had to qualify every positive comment with a “so they say,” in order to distance themselves from the mood of the team. I mean, there are so many other ways to paraphrase a quote, and god forbid you actually come across sounding like a fan of the team.

    When I read the other guy’s column (Jeff Showalter? can’t remember his name), I felt genuine optimism on his part, where as here, I feel like the implication is that the Hoosiers are slightly naive in their expectations.

  7. ^^^Tom showing off his favored status on Scoop. I make the same assertion and I’m likely removed from posting ’til October. Do I hear tiny violins?

    I do see a lot of references lately about Showalter(Sports from the Couch) on here. He is a contributor on Kent Sterling’s site that regularly enjoys bashing the smithereens out of Tom Crean. Whatever positive things he may have said about our coach in a recent piece is a drastic change from his norm. In an article preceding he made the following statements:

    Tom Crean can’t recruit Indiana talent. Check

    Obama is destroying the country. Check

    Could be wrong, but this Showalter dude mirrors 4guards so closely it’s a very strong possibility they’re one and same. Either way, I’m not sure if Husky would still want to give props to this blowhard if he read 90% of his trash-talk aimed at our coach. 4Showlaterguards now recognizes important elements our Hoosier team filling in the voids his prior rushes to judgment…I think he’s just beginning to recognize a need to cover his, soon to be, very bare ass.

  8. I think our Scoop friends feel that they jeopardize their objectivity, or appearance thereof, if they indicate any emotional investment in their subject material. I am not a journalist, though I do work in the field of language and communication. I have also spent over half a century reading the works of many eloquent journalists, sports and otherwise. The great sports writers frequently inject great emotion into their writing. They are also able to express support of their favorite teams without losing objectivity.
    That said, these fine young men are developing their own style. I doubt their writings a decade hence would resemble those we read today.

  9. Husky, that’s called attribution. I’m neither optimistic or pessimistic. I’m telling you what they told me. I don’t get to go to practice or open gym or anything else. I’m not in their locker room. I don’t hang out with them. All I know about the chemistry of the team is what they told me. Not saying I do or don’t believe them, but in those cases, you attribute statements as a journalistic rule.

  10. Dustin-

    I get your position and understand you are cultivating your own style; it just sounded so removed to me, and taken along side of Korman’s order to make sure recruits all potential recruits are worried about scholarships, I couldn’t help but feel like this was part of the general anti-team, anti-Crean sentiment at the HT.

    It may be the case that sportswriters need some repute on a bigger stage before they are allowed to trade some of their “attribution” for genuine enthusiasm. I wouldn’t be surprised, for example, if in Korman’s new column on the bigger stage, without shame or punishment, he unabashedly compares the Orioles to Tom Crean’s Hoosiers as an example of a pathetically mismanaged team whose rebuilding effort has clearly stalled.

    Enough blabbering from me. Take care. Did you see where my IP address is coming from? I’ll give you a clue: Roberto Luongo is about as popular as 4tards here…

  11. The paranoids and conspiracy theorists seem to be ready for action:”I couldn’t help but feel like this was part of the general anti-team, anti-Crean sentiment at the HT”. It sounded to me like regular reporting when not much IS happening!

  12. BP-

    Every conspiracy theory produces an equal and opposite conspiracy theory. Team 4tards, of which some HT staffers are a part, believes in the “natives are restless/Alford is on the way” theory. I, for my part, am a subscriber to the contrary “someone on the HT staff was at some point brushed aside or had their feelings hurt by Coach TC, and thus wants to undermine his credibility” theory.

  13. Well, I suppose I’ll weigh in on this.

    Husky’s theory is ludicrous.

    I do not agree with 4guards. I think he has a right to express whatever opinion he holds, and he has done so consistently. If people don’t like it, they can offer counter arguments. Which they have done consistently.

    I think it is childish to call him names, but some people seem to find satisfaction in it. Just as Husky seems to enjoy hatching his conspiracy theories. Not my thing, but I’m willing to believe that some people find it worthwhile. There are plenty of things that others indulge in — believing gay marriage will hurt straight marriage, thinking that universal health care isn’t a right we all should have — but I still think they should be able hold those beliefs and discuss them.

    But let me address this specific version of your theory.

    I’ve written repeatedly that Crean needs more time and is on the right path. Have I pointed out things that I think might be troubling? Sure. But I’ve never said that his firing is anything near imminent — or that it would be deserved.

    Steve Alford would have to go to a Final Four — at least — to be considered for the IU job. Truth is, the guy who takes over for Crean someday is probably somebody we’ve never heard of. He’s a rising assistant somewhere with a brilliant mind and charisma out the wazoo and all that. Perhaps Brad Stevens is still at Butler when Crean leaves and can be lured away; perhaps Scott Drew is looking to make a move. But Crean leaving is probably so far in the future I don’t think it makes much sense to think about who’d fill in.

    Yes, I’ve been brushed aside by Tom Crean. He’s probably even hurt my feelings (and I’ve probably hurt his). I know for damn sure I’ve been angry at him and he’s been angry at me. But that’s to be expected. That’s the nature of the relationship. We work through those things, try to learn from them.

    We’re actually quite cordial with each other and I don’t hesitate to say I’ve been happy to get to know him. He’s an interesting, intensely driven guy.

    You have to understand: we face this guy three or four times a week during the season. We show up. After the most devastating losses, we’re there. Following the exalting wins, he speaks with us. And we’re there in-between, pushing and prodding to get information that will reveal something insightful for you guys. We’re trying to figure out what makes the program go. We’re trying to identify trends and themes and actions that might portend what happens next as early as we can, because you want that info. We try to tell the stories of the kids you watch so you can know them better. Yes, we also play a watch dog role and make sure the people running your program — it does belong to the fans, after all — are doing it the right way. And, when the championships come again, somebody from the H-T will be there to explain how it happen, to gather reaction, to put into words how it felt and what it meant. That’s the job.

    See, that’s what is so silly about this whole faction of you who somehow believe that we live to hurt IU athletics. Well, not silly. Insulting. This is our profession. We’ve studied it. We’ve worked hours and hours and hours at it. We’ve worked with those who did it before us. We’ve dedicated our lives to it. Do we make mistakes? Absolutely. Can we be better? Yes, of course. We’ll keep trying.

    Surely, Husky, you’ve dedicated your professional life to something and would resent a stranger constantly telling everyone that you do it for the wrong reasons, that you’re corrupt. You must be able to empathize there. I realize that you think you have gathered evidence to prove what you believe, but you’re quite selective. The video tapes you’re trying to use to indict us, in other words, have been severely doctored (I’m guessing you’ll understand that reference.)

    Yet I think you have the right to say what you want here.

    I don’t, for the record, see any parallels between the Orioles and Indiana. One is a pro team, hindered only by its own inefficiency. Another is a college program, recently rocked by scandal and trying to rebuild. The process each has to go through is so different. But who knows what I’ll think after I report a bit? Maybe I will see an interesting tie-in and choose to write about it. Can’t rule that out, I suppose.

  14. I respect Tom’s opinion, but I don’t really see this one as conspiracy theory or Dustin tiptoeing through the tulips of an accountability garden in order to discredit our coach..Sometimes people seem very personable, but yet a feeling of uneasiness ensues when you examine the parts that make the whole, and more than often, come up empty in search for something down-to-earth, deeper, and genuine. Could it be that even with purely objective intent it may be extremely difficult to mask in his/her writings the anxiety experienced when personal perceptions, fueled by growing public uneasiness, give indication a sense something is seriously amiss? Do they ignore what could be their own inherent bias aided by the backing a more than negligible constituency, or do they push further beyond the lines of a normally construed ethical question? It’s a tough call. Maybe Dustin seeks greater authenticity…Maybe Crean’s obsession the podium, his wrapping every speech around “Because it’s Indiana, combined with his limited one-on-one accessibility and general avoidance specific questions and recruiting issues, comes across like Sarah Palin outlining her vision for America while reciting her reading list to Katie Couric. Should the pursuit of any truth be measured by the size of the stage or audience the camera? Wouldn’t the greater crime to Hoosier fans be Dustin’s avoidance the prickling of Tom Crean’s skin in favor saving his own? Crean has simple control his credibility: be forthright and attack the question with greater vigor the questioner. Is it really that difficult for TC to play the part of Sarah at the Yacht Club?

  15. Korman, you wasted 10 paragraphs and 4 sentences to accurately describe what HT, myself and a couple of others have hinted at for some time. You shoot from afar, because you have no relationship with any of the coaches. A blind man can see it. You and Dustin have a better relationship with 4tickturds than you have with any coaches in the athletic department. Relationships build trust. 4tickturds trusts you more than Coach Crean does.

  16. Korman-

    I appreciate the time you took to respond. I apologize in advance for not giving you an equally thoughtful response in return.

    Just a few things:

    1) I don’t understand the “doctored video” reference. I am not an active enough blogger to doctor videos, nor to spend time weaving conspiracy theories.

    The theory I spewed forth in my last post was just a casual suspicion that had entered my mind occasionally – I am actually somewhat surprised that I was right.

    2) This quote- “Yes, we also play a watch dog role and make sure the people running your program — it does belong to the fans, after all — are doing it the right way” – doesn’t sit well with me.
    Should fans be taught that they are “owners” of college sports teams? And should the media be nominating themselves as the chosen “watchdogs,” responsible for determining whether the ream is “run correctly”? I’m not sure. Kelvin Sampson wasn’t “running the program the right way,” and it was an IU internal audit, not the media, that found out.
    3)You say it is childish to call 4tards names, yet, as you very well know, 4tards uses a repertoire of childish names for Tom Crean; even the name “4guards” is a childish stab at Tom Crean. Never a peep from you about that. The double-standard, once again, is plain to see.

    Closing thought: you put up with a lot on this blog, and I appreciate the fact that you keep it relatively open for more “interesting” discussions. Have you seen the bumper sticker that says “Keep Louisville Weird”? I feel that way about this blog – it’s a site where Hoosier fan weirdness is still tolerated. I hope it stays that way.

  17. Clarion, one can see from afar you’re on Crean’s payroll.

    So, tone it down. Everything you say is very predictable.

  18. I’ve never seen anyone so much in love with himself as Husky.

    So 4guards uses a childish name?

    His name was stevealford and you didn’t like that.

    You forced to change it and now you argue he’s irritating you with his name.

    Everyone who doesn’t agree with Husky irritates him.

    So, no wonder. And no point discussing further.

  19. Is it a sign of the collective IQ of this group-posters and journalists-that my anti-spam total was the sum of 1 + 4 = 5? Maybe it is just for me to make it possible for me to post? I loved Super-Sub Shamwow’s use of words to obfuscate whatever content he had in mind, if any. Journalism does foster a “love-hate” relationship between reporter and “Key Figure”. You have to earn the person’s trust so that you actually get information that we all do not have access to in other sources of media, AND hold the person’s feet to the fire when there is an “issue”. Bob Hammel did the former and not the latter with Coach Knight. Maybe Chris/Dustin have done the latter but not the former with Coach Crean? But Chris/Dustin are trying to find the right mix, and Coach Crean is also trying to find the right mix. Keep stirring the pot!

  20. How does somebody who uses the name Husky Tom on an IU site not irritate people? The guy isn’t even an IU fan. I think he about had a heart attack when asked if he would want Orange Tom coaching at Washington.

  21. I do enjoy the 4% I receive from Coach Crean’s gross pay every month. In fact I can hardly wait for the next contract extension. Not only do we have a groundhog that predicts the end of Winter but we now have a hamster predicting opinions. Tone it down? I am actually considering stepping it up 2 or 3 notches.

  22. ^^^Case and point: another 4tards Crean nickname. Thank you, 4tards, for being so punctual in presenting evidence to support my case.

    As for your other insinuation, I will answer it as I have answered it in the past.

    Some people go to graduate school, often to an institution other than where they did their undergrad. This results in being a fan of two teams (provided that the two teams aren’t rivals). Such is my case. I love the Hoosiers. And I love it when my Huskies humiliated former Hoosier Steve Alford. Deal with it.

  23. I’ll miss these conversations. Always interesting. Thanks to everyone who has shared thoughts.

    Husky, you are right. I have probably let 4guards go too far at times (though I did moderate a few posts of his). I was OK with the name 4guards because to me it was really tweaking something Crean has done (and might do again). It was more of 4guards critiquing a style of play. That, I thought, was fair. But the criticizing of the tan or the clapping or the whatever is absurd.

    I am interested in trying to understand where the perception comes from that we do not have a good relationship with Crean. Are there other reporters on this beat giving you better information that we are being shut out from? While I admit that I am obviously biased, I’ve not seen anyone who comes close to doing the job we do.

    What sorts of things do you feel are lacking in our coverage? What is giving you the idea that Crean is holding back from us? We break a majority of the stories on the beat, and our profile work is always much more in-depth than any other outlet.

    Husky, as for the watch dog part: it’s a fairly accepted part of journalism, and the way I’ve always been taught, that we serve that role. We are not stenographers. You wouldn’t want the White House reporter to blindly believe whatever Bush or Obama said, right? I don’t see a reason to veer from that simply because we write for the sports page. There are plenty of places for you to go if you want writing produced by those who acknowledge being fans of — and giving the benefit of the doubt to — the program. We don’t do that.

    Yes, the internal audit found the 3-way calls. But we would have seen those documents eventually (we had requested them) and were certainly looking out for inconsistencies. The Star had Mark Alesia, one of the best investigative reporters in the country, all over the story. I’m not taking credit; eventually IU did the right thing all on its own. But it certainly felt the pressure from the media.

  24. I only joke about his tanning. It is just pretty funny for a grown man to tan so much. Has nothing to do with basketball though.
    I don’t feel like the criticizing of the clapping is absurb. Maybe guys would cut down on turnovers if Crean wasn’t clapping and telling them everything is ok after ridiculous unforced turnovers.

  25. “But Chris/Dustin are trying to find the right mix, and Coach Crean is also trying to find the right mix”.

    How do you provide a blowhard charlatan the “right mix” a potion not already in his/her vast possession? Is that clear enough? Probably not.

  26. Husky the humiliation is just in your head. Romar and Alford are friends. There was nothing in what either one said or did after or during the game to indicate there was a war between the two of them.

    You tried to get into USC’s grad school and they turned you down — right? So you came here. At every step you have a chance to mention USC you try to discredit them because you can’t forget they didn’t accept your application. Understandable coming from a person like you — how could they have rejected you?

    Clarion — I’m glad you admitted it publicly that Glass pays you. Now go ahead and celebrate, step it up if you want to, let it all out.

    4guards may have flaws but it was this blog’s drop of honesty that drives crazy fakes and mercenaries like Fusky, Casey, Bull Chet and the Hoosier Tuba.

  27. The hometown reporter should be able to get into nearly any practice, regardless of who is the coach or what sport. That would take developing a relationship to earn that trust. Trust that would allow a coach to detail the 2 or 3 improvements he wants each player to attain during the off season. Trust to reveal the scholarship plans, knowing the reporter will not reveal anything more(names)to fans than to say “the coach does have a plan” and he has told them to me. One of you should have the type of relationship that allows the paper and the AD’s office to agree on a plan to travel with the teams. From the outside looking in, if I had to describe the present situation, every high profile coach at IU works on the assumption, “loose lips sink ships”. Good golly Dustin has stated on this blog he does not know if or when he is allowed in Cook Hall. That is the total opposite of having a relationship. The relationship necessary is one that allows you to be an asset to the program and the program an equal asset to you and the paper. I know you have several times said they do not teach business practices in journalism school. How about the skills needed to get a person to reveal more to you than to any other average Joe? Only from the writings of the three(the majority of time) of you on here, leads me to believe Hugh has the position on those skills.

  28. Engle/Eline/Korman (I’ll name you, since anonymity is your only weapon):

    USC? The University of Spoiled Children? They’ve always been one of my most hated schools, until recently. I would rather treat raw sewage for a living than live in hellhole Los Angeles attending school surrounded by Inglewood.

    That being said, I reluctantly defend USC more than I used to, because of all the disrespect that the Pac 10 gets from the blowhards and charlatans on the East Coast. Yes, a troubled program, and I am happy they are being punished. But I will cheer for them over OSU any day.

    This is Husky, by the way. I have no problem keeping my identity, and the Husky Trademark, in public view.

  29. Hoosier Clarion,
    What we have here is a sort of chicken and egg argument. For the last five years before coming to Bloomington, I covered a mid-major basketball program at James Madison. I was allowed to come to practice every day, and through that access, I developed that relationship and that trust.
    The coaches saw my face every day, whether I wrote a story praising them or ripping them. They got an understanding of what I believed was a story and what was not, of how fair I could be and of how hard I worked. They knew I wasn’t their cheerleader or P.R. rep, but they developed an understanding of and a respect for my professionalism and I developed the same thing for them. The coaches felt like they could confide in me to some degree, and they knew I realized off the record meant off the record. They knew it was part of my job to be critical, but they also knew that I had seen enough to know what to criticize and that I would be fair.
    There were rocky times as well. There were stories they thought I shouldn’t have written and times where they thought I crossed the line. They called me on it directly and we had shouting matches on the phone and face to face. The point is, everything was always handled directly, I didn’t have to deal with a middle man, and both parties had an understanding of where the other was coming from.
    With big-time programs, that becomes a lot different. When so many of the doors to the program are closed, it becomes a lot harder to develop the sort of relationships you speak of. The relationships I developed at James Madison came mostly through conversations we had when the coaches were hanging around after practice. Well, practice is closed at IU. That costs Tom Crean the opportunity to know me, to get an idea what I’m about and my philosophy on journalism and covering a team as it costs me to get a real, unfiltered understanding of his philosophies and ideas.
    I don’t mean this as a direct shot at Indiana, because so many major college programs operate the same way. There is a fear out there that the more information you disseminate, the better chance there is that it will blow up in your face. Coaches instead try to control the message by keeping the media away and trying to make sure their voice is the only voice in the program. I understand why they feel that way, but I think there are some points they are missing.
    This is where I will dispute your assertion that “every high profile coach” at IU works on this assumption. Football gives us a lot more access than basketball does. Obviously, this has something to do with the fact that it is nationally not as high profile a program, but I think even Bill Lynch would tell you that the program reaps some benefits from this. We get the opportunity, as you mentioned “to get a person to reveal more to you than the average Joe,” because they give us the chance to talk to players and coaches one on one. For instance, I was granted the opportunity to sit down and talk to Kevin Bush about his experience in Iraq for about a half an hour. I’d like to believe that story was revealing. I’ve been granted similar access to players within the baseball program, and I think that allowed me to produce some stories that appealed to people who might not have been that concerned with the baseball program.
    Allowing such stories to be written, I think, helps programs convey to fans and readers the sort of people they are bringing into their programs. I have requested similar one-on-ones with basketball players without nearly as much success. Last season, Terry Hutchens and I got to sit down with Jeremiah Rivers for about 25 minutes, but that was the only time I was granted that kind of access for a feature story and other requests were turned down.
    Again, I get that, and I’m not writing this to whine about what’s happened to my interview requests. Demand for access to the Indiana basketball program is heavy and the point of this comment is not to blast the IU sports information department or Tom Crean or anyone else. But the point is, it’s a two-way street. I think the people in the football program and baseball program who have let me hang around the program enough to get an understanding of who I am as a journalism professional know that I’m fair and they know I can be trusted in the ways that you can trust someone in my business. I think if people in the basketball program give me the same opportunity, they will learn the same thing. Obviously, there are things I can do to be more proactive about that — other than avoiding topics they don’t want to read about — and I’m trying.

  30. the husky trademark is very close to raw sewage so you’d fit well in there — but they rejected you.

    meanwhile you’re here palling around with the hoosier tuba — and why not, the tuba’s shape brings to mind the only trophy the huskies have ever competed for: the toilet bowl.

    hubba bubba! husky trademark: the toilet bowl. enough said.

  31. Chris and Dustin,
    I don’t question your sincerity. It may simply be a matter of style. Perception often becomes its own reality. Include me in the group that is happy that the Scoop exists at all and I thank you.
    As far as 4tards, the reaction of the cogent posters boils down to two points. He posts incessantly and he is an idiot. If Sarah Palin starts posting here I would find that unpleasant as well.

  32. Dustin,

    I understand your position, even more so now than before your last post. But I still prevail there is a way to do business even with someone who displays minimal cooperation. Coach Crean has closed the door and of course you would like to open it. Everybody has something that gets through their armor and I do not profess to know what that is in Coach Crean’s case. But if ever a better relationship was needed he is certainly your target. It very possibly could turn on something unplanned, spontanious or happen by accident. But I do think he should be asked to spell out the rules for engaging in communication and access to Cook Hall. You are enough of a bulldog to make me believe you will keep hunting.

    I commend your success while at James Madison.

  33. In the CRean Apologists Philarmonic (CRAP) Husky would definitely play the recorder, while Hoosier Clarion would easily bring to life any of the Brass instruments (with special mention for the Tuba) or simply shine as a virtuoso soloist and fart for extended periods of time on stage, alone.

    You see, it is impossible on this blog to even suggest that Crean is not coaching the Hoosiers adequately without getting an instantaneous reply from this valiant defender of Coach Spasm. “What do you know about coaching?” he immediately retorts, in his blowhard low tone.

    Yet His Flatulence is so quick (as seen above) to offer advice on something he knows nothing about, namely: journalism.

    The truest characters of incompetence are vanity and pride and arrogance!

  34. Aww, fooey…. you are too clever, Mr. Husky Turd. Why do I so often lose these battles?

    I don’t know what toilet you fished the USC story from, but I certainly can’t deny the fact that UW has no dusty banner next to their basketball court. I will have to settle with annual sweet sixteen appearances and Pac 10 titles. What a tough pill to swallow.

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