I think Indiana Hoosiers coach Tom Crean might have a reputation for being an ornery, self-absorbed sort. And now it’s getting worse. On February 19th, he chewed out the moderator on the Big Ten conference call. On March 7th, he didn’t talk to the media after the game until 1:37 A.M. A couple years ago, Crean once tweeted a complaint about an early start time when his Hoosiers came to play the Illini.
When IU visited Northwestern, Crean kept the media waiting FOREVER!!!! Which was annoying for us in Chicago but a much bigger problem for the Indianapolis media who traveled to cover the game as the Indianapolis Colts were playing the Saints IN THE SUPER BOWL at the time.
And today, he showed he doesn’t know how to let things go.
The Hoosiers earned their first outright Big Ten regular season championship since 1993 with a thrilling one point victory at the Wolverines on Sunday. Some timely missed one-and-ones from Tim Hardaway Jr. and Trey Burke helped. However, the post-game antics of Crean is what will be remembered most.
As seen in the video below Tom Crean tells Jeff Meyer, who was an assistant under Kelvin Sampson when “Mr. Telephone Man” made too many illegal phone calls, got Indiana sanctioned and destroyed the program back in 2008. Crean tells Meyer:
“You know what you did. You helped wreck our program.”
CLASSY! Way to win with class and dignity, and hang on to something that happened five years ago. But Crean isn’t the first Hoosiers coach who is about as warm, cuddly and considerate of others as Dick Cheney.
Bob Knight anyone?
Next the team of Crean and Crimson will take on the take on the #8/#9 game in the Big Ten Tournament as the tourney’s top seed. The game tips at 11 CDT. It’ll probably end around 1. Crean will likely address the media at 4:45 p.m.
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