Hoosier Morning

1. HOOSIERS HQ
Indiana held off Iowa for a win and the Big Ten title outright on the strength of senior Yogi Ferrell, Mike writes.

Clinching an outright Big Ten title on the road just made it that much sweeter for Indiana, I wrote.

Indiana men’s golf finished second at the Loyola Intercollegiate in Arizona, we reported.

2. IT’S INDIANA
It’s time for Indiana fans to mend their contentious relationship with Tom Crean after another Big Ten title, Mike DeCourcy of The Sporting News writes.

Yogi Ferrell and Tom Crean share the credit for Indiana’s Big Ten revival, Zach Osterman of the Indianapolis Star writes.

With one big shot, Yogi Ferrell cemented his legacy as a Hoosier, Zak Keefer of the Indianapolis Star writes.

Tom Crean and the Hoosiers have earned their spoils, Brody Miller of the Indiana Daily Student writes.

From the depths of December to an outright Big Ten title for Tom Crean and the Hoosiers, Jeff Eisenberg of Yahoo.com writes.

An outright Big Ten title capped Indiana’s unlikely comeback story, Eamonn Brennan of ESPN.com writes.

It was another late-game failure for Iowa as Indiana outlasted the Hawkeyes down the stretch, Chad Leistikow of the Des Moines Register writes.

The Hawkeyes made improvements, but not quite enough to beat the Hoosiers, Don Doxsie of the Quad City Times writes.

Yogi was clutch, but it was the team that helped pull IU through and other takeaways from Iowa, Alex Bozich of Inside the Hall writes.

The top 10 reasons Indiana basketball has avoided a late-season collapse, Kent Sterling of kentsterling.com writes.

A look at the state of the program as IU football enters spring practice, Mitch Sherman of ESPN.com writes.

3. ONE FOR THE ROAD
The Hoosiers are on top of the Big Ten this season, so here’s the Carpenters with “Top of the World.”

One comment

  1. I recommend reading Mike DeCourcy’s article in The Sporting News. It’s very good, and he nails the point about Crean’s critics, especially the people like the head case who established a twitter account to post 1,800 “fire-Crean” tweets since 2012. Those haters’ on-line presence has evaporated today. Probably because of the avalanche of mockery they’ve received. The pro-Crean bandwagon is suddenly at risk of being overturned from all the people trying to jump on.

    By the way, while I’m not predicting it, I would not be at all surprised if Tom Crean announced his resignation after this season comes to a close. And I would not blame him a bit if he did. He did not cause IU basketball to be shattered, but a lot of irrational “fans” somehow came to blame him for it, or had no clue how badly damaged it was or what it would take to bring it back to national prominence. He may conclude that he has accomplished what he came to Bloomington to accomplish and no longer needs to put up with the garbage thrown at him from a bunch or irrational fans who suffer from amnesia. He may conclude that he can take the lessons learned from his experience at IU and start fresh at a school with more rational expectations. And I assure you that after winning two outright Big Ten Championships in four seasons, in the context of the train wreck he inherited, there won’t be any shortage of schools interested in hiring him if he were to resign next month.

    If you’re so heavily invested in the “fire-Crean” narrative that you can’t give Crean the credit he deserves for rebuilding a basketball program totally destroyed by his predecessors and a series of feckless IU administrators, than you’ll get the chaos and damaged basketball program you deserve if Crean were to suddenly walk away. Fortunately, I think he’s a better man than that and wants to leave IU basketball in much better condition than it was when he found it.

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