Hoosier Morning

1. HOOSIERS HQ
IU coach Tom Crean says it’s too early to hit the panic button, Mike writes.

Indiana prides itself on versatility, but the Hoosiers have provent to be one-dimensional so far, I wrote.

It was a record day for IU swimmers at the Hoosierland Invitational, we reported.

2. IT’S INDIANA
Four teams took different paths on Tobacco Road this week, Indiana’s being the wrong one, Dana O’Neil of ESPN.com writes.

Indiana’s defense was historically bad at Duke, and the Hoosiers’ season is already at a crossroads, Rob Dauster of NBC Sports writes.

Diagnosing Indiana’s problems against Duke on film, primarily selfishness and confusion, by Justin Albers of AllHoosiers.com.

Yogi Ferrell is on the watch list for two national player of the year awards, IUHoosiers.com reports.

3. ONE FOR THE ROAD
Pretty much just one word and one song for the Hoosiers in the wake of Wednesday — “Breakdown” by Tom Petty live in 1985.

26 comments

  1. Year eight is too early. Calipari is in year seven at Kentucky. Should we even compare? Last night he took his #1 team in the nation (the one that beat Duke in Chicago) to Pauley and got beat soundly by a UCLA that is clear in reconstruction mode (year three of Steve Alford). What did Calipari have to say at the end of the game? Here:

    “Their coach out-coached our coach,” Kentucky coach John Calipari said. “Their guards out-hustled our guards to extra balls. They executed better than us. …Their bigs outplayed us.”

    When did we ever hear such a candid assessment from our coach?

    Never.

    Instead every year we are too young, too inexperienced, there’s no leadership, when players transfer or drive over other players or get drunk or use drugs it’s always their fault (because he’s otherwise a brilliant recruiter, forget the amount he spends on it) etc.

  2. Wow…Alford found ‘Cody Reload’ with a better stroke.

    Thomas Welsh FG 8-11 / FT 5-6 / TR 11 / PTS 21

    Alford has the #4 recruiting class coming in next year. He isn’t going anywhere….nor is Brad Stevens.

    Dear Mr. Crean,
    When you lost 6 out of the final 8 regular games last season…including 3 straight at home and a double bitch-slapping from Purdue, your “panic button” was already engaged for this season.
    You have chickened out of the historic border rivalry game between UK and IU … Your teams’ defense was the worst in all of the Big 10 last year.
    Again, that “panic button” did not begin this year. But let’s be honest here, may we? You have no panic button. There is only a helpless and defeated feeling in our collective guts that we’ll have you for even more embarrassing basketball. You hired your own AD. You arrived before Fred Glass and you sat on a committee that never would have a “panic button” of accountability. You need to stop giving interviews to the local bagpipes. You simply need to take responsibility for your team and SHUDDUP! You will never be able to spend all the $$$ that IU’s has squandered on your inferior, so-called, coaching product.

    I simply wish the NCAA could find something on you. I wish they could conduct as frivolous of an investigation that they conducted on Sampson.. Lastly, how did you ever get into our McCracken classroom of higher basketball learning? Who in the hell wanted such models of teaching disaster brought to our doorstep? You screamed of 19 F’s when you tongue-hijacked the reins of our program. If I were measuring your in-game coaching performances over the last 8 years, I would estimate that you have 19 x TEN! F’s.!!!…..I’m being generous…That’s only 190 poorly coached games. That still gives you somewhere around 50 as passing grades. This is because I’m grading you on the Izzo “Curve Ball” that he threw at IU. “Panic button”….? Please quit insulting us. We’ve gone from panic button…to puzzled button…to perplexed button…to pickled button…to purged button…to a final button of sorts When we look at your coaching, there is no panic button,..There is merely the “oops button.”

  3. Wow…Alford found ‘Cody Reload’ with a better stroke.

    Thomas Welsh FG 8-11 / FT 5-6 / TR 11 / PTS 21

    Alford has the #4 recruiting class coming in next year. He isn’t going anywhere….nor is Brad Stevens.

    Dear Mr. Crean,
    When you lost 6 out of the final 8 regular games last season…including 3 straight at home and a double bitch-slapping from Purdue, your “panic button” was already engaged for this season.
    You have chickened out of the historic border rivalry game between UK and IU … Your teams’ defense was the worst in all of the Big 10 last year.
    Again, that “panic button” did not begin this year. But let’s be honest here, may we? You have no panic button. There is only a helpless and defeated feeling in our collective guts that we’ll have you for even more embarrassing basketball. You hired your own AD. You arrived before Fred Glass and you sat on a committee that never would have a “panic button” of accountability. You need to stop giving interviews to the local bagpipes. You simply need to take responsibility for your team and SHUDDUP! You will never be able to spend all the $$$ that IU’s has squandered on your inferior, so-called, coaching product.

    I simply wish the NCAA could find something on you. I wish they could conduct as frivolous of an investigation that they conducted on Sampson.. Lastly, how did you ever get into our McCracken classroom of higher basketball learning? Who in the hell wanted such models of teaching disaster brought to our doorstep? You screamed of 19 F’s when you tongue-hijacked the reins of our program. If I were measuring your in-game coaching performances over the last 8 years, I would estimate that you have 19 x TEN! F’s.!!!…..I’m being generous…That’s only 190 poorly coached games. That still gives you somewhere around 50 as passing grades. This is because I’m grading you on the Izzo “Curve Ball” that he threw at IU. “Panic button”….? Please quit insulting us. We’ve gone from panic button…to puzzled button…to perplexed button…to pickled button…to purged button…to a final button of sorts When we look at your coaching, there is no panic button,..There is merely a “duped button.”

  4. Wow…Alford found ‘Cody Reload’ with a better stroke.

    Thomas Welsh FG 8-11 / FT 5-6 / TR 11 / PTS 21

    Alford has the #4 recruiting class coming in next year. He isn’t going anywhere….nor is Brad Stevens.

    Dear Mr. Crean,
    When you lost 6 out of the final 8 regular games last season…including 3 straight at home and a double bitch-slapping from Purdue, your “panic button” was already engaged for this season.
    You have chickened out of the historic border rivalry game between UK and IU … Your teams’ defense was the worst in all of the Big 10 last year.
    Again, that “panic button” did not begin this year. But let’s be honest here, may we? You have no panic button. There is only a helpless and defeated feeling in our collective guts that we’ll have you for even more embarrassing basketball. You hired your own AD. You arrived before Fred Glass and you sat on a committee that never would have a “panic button” of accountability. You need to stop giving interviews to the local bagpipes. You simply need to take responsibility for your team and SHUDDUP! You will never be able to spend all the $$$ that IU’s has squandered on your inferior, so-called, coaching product.

    I simply wish the NCAA could find something on you. I wish they could conduct as frivolous of an investigation that they conducted on Sampson.. Lastly, how did you ever get into our McCracken classroom of higher basketball learning? Who in the hell wanted such models of teaching disaster brought to our doorstep? You screamed of 19 F’s when you tongue-hijacked the reins of our program. If I were measuring your in-game coaching performances over the last 8 years, I would estimate that you have 19 x TEN! F’s.!!!…..I’m being generous…That’s only 190 poorly coached games. That still gives you somewhere around 50 as passing grades. This is because I’m grading you on the Izzo “Curve Ball” that he threw at IU. “Panic button”….? Please quit insulting us. We’ve gone from panic button…to puzzled button…to perplexed button…to pickled button…to purged button…to a final button of sorts When we look at your coaching, there is no panic button,..There is only a “how” button.

  5. You can obviously omit those duplicates….or just pick the one with the final sentence that you prefer.

  6. I think they all stand on their own merit Harv…

    Btw, that was Welsh’s best game… he averaged 3 ppg as a freshman. Don’t put him in Cody’s class quite yet.

  7. Yes from what I’ve seen so far of them this year that may have just been pUKe’s perfect storm.

  8. The Rob Dauster article from NBC Sports linked above describes it perfectly. Our Coach cannot coach and continues to throw “junk defenses” on the floor as his solution to the defense problem. He is way overhead and it is time to send booster jet to Boston and bring in a real coach.

  9. Downfall for T.Crean @ IU was actually born @ Syracuse vs. IU with Z and O in NCAA tournament March 29, 2013. It forecasted very accurately what was to come.

  10. Valpo Dave (or anyone who thinks IU has a shot at Stevens)…. Please give me some rationale as to your hope that Stevens would leave Boston.

    This isn’t rhetorical… I really want to hear why anyone thinks BS would entertain leaving the Celtics.

    (this ought to be good… like listening to a Crean post-game interview)

  11. Jay Cutler will be your Patriots QB next year…. and Stevens is coming to Bloomington.

    Did I mention Bob Knight was in town for the unveiling of the new “bury me butt-facing-up” rooftop recently installed at Skjodt Hall in his honor… ?

  12. Geoff,
    Here are a few reason why Stevens MIGHT consider leaving Boston to coach at IU:

    1.) He is a family man, his extended family is in Indiana, he might want his young children growing up in the Midwest rather than the Boston area.
    2.) He LOVES coaching college basketball and all that involves, recruiting Indiana, developing talent, daily interactions with college kids instead of professional BK players.
    3.) The amount of time away from home needed from an NBA coach is much greater than what’s needed at the college level.
    4.)The joy of coaching championship level contenders every season, which he could easily achieve at IU.
    5.) Money and big time name recognition are NOT all that important to him. What’s a couple million more or less.
    6.) He loves living in the Midwest much more than living on the east coast.
    7.) Last, but not least, “Because it is Indiana”.

    I’m also not one who thinks that getting Stevens here is a very realistic possibility. But here are some answers to your question to which I could not resist responding. I’m sure there are even more possible reasons, but that’s all I could come up with for a quick reply to an irresistible question.

    Wouldn’t it be great, though?

  13. What coach originally with roots in Indiana wants to be the Hoosier afterbirth of Crean….? We had a chance and we blew it for the snake oil salesman guaranteeing witch hunt parties and center court tantrums for the wreckers of Bloomington.

    Personally, I don’t want Stevens…Larry Bird is how I prefer to remember the Celtics. I prefer to remember the garbage truck driver perfecting his game in his driveway after a day of piking up trash in the broken down tumbleweed streets of French Lick. Great coaches are made with great players…..It was Gordon Hayward and that damn bad-ass center, Matt Howard, from Connersville that put Stevens on the map.

  14. I will state his name one final time and I will not state it again….Their is fate at every corner.

    Boston calls you, Indiana. But you are making the same old assumptions and mistakes.. Boston is not calling to offer you Brad Stevens.. The call is from Bill Coen…But you are infatuated with the “sell” and the “name” rather than the humble heart of a true beginning.

  15. The only guarantee that Brad Stevens will not accept the iconic role of coaching at Indiana University……is to not ask him.

  16. NoMen, I enjoyed your response…

    1) That’s certainly a possibility, and probably the most likely answer of any of them. Personally, I’ve turned down 3 jobs that would move me to the Boston area at 2-3 X’s the salary I was making at those times because I can’t stand it there.

    2) He still is developing talent and interacting with college kids….

    3) I actually disagree… In-season the travel demands are greater, but in the off-season you have much more freedom. You aren’t out recruiting nearly as much. People come to you for work-outs.

    4) Boston has a very stable ownership group and front office, which fully, and I mean FULLY back Stevens. They feel like they are on the verge of building something Spurs/Patriots-like with the organization. They have a lot of mediocre players right now, but they play hard and have some value in the trade market… But more importantly they have something like $25M in cap space next year, and multiple potential lottery picks from the Nets and Mavs that they’ve acquired in trades for the next couple years.

    5) I think he has an ego. All these guys do, even Brad, who I have the utmost respect for and believe is fairly humble. There’s no question he enjoys being the coach of the most storied team in Basketball history.

    6) Repeat of 1… but since this is the only bone with meat might as well say it again I guess.

    7) Ok, you got me…

  17. Any legs to Woodson (mentioned in a yahoo sports article last year) or his fellow assistant on the Clippers bench, Lawrence Frank?
    PB

  18. So I am approaching my local grocery store in Carmel, CA wearing my Indiana jacket. An older gentleman and his wife are sitting on a bench in front of the store and the guy takes off his hat and holds it over his heart and says, “My deepest condolences to you, sir”. Thanks a pant load for that golden moment Hoosiers!!!

  19. Valpo Dave, I just finished reading that article and I thought it was excellent as well. It isn’t anything new to us who have been watching this craptastic basketball game after game, but it is nice to see someone with national cred break it down so thoroughly.

    I do love the quotes from scouts and coaches. Priceless. Elite-level teams don’t get talked about with such dismissiveness.

    The funny thing, our defense is so bad, it has masked Crean’s weird substitution “strategy.”

  20. Fantasies can be fun, but the chance that Brad Stevens would leave the Celtics to take the head coaching job at IU: 0.000%! Let’s move on and begin speculating about candidates that we have a realistic chance of hiring some day down the line.

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