Tom Crean Tweets His Disgust for Early Tip off with Illini

Tom Crean

I just gained a lot more respect for Indiana Hoosiers Coach Tom Crean. This is the highest amount of college basketball sensibility I have ever seen him display. For INEXPLICABLE reasons, the Big Ten decided to make his March 5th contest at border rival Illinois an early Saturday morning tip-off.

Now 11 A.M. doesn’t sound ridiculously early, but to a good portion of the media who cover the Illini, (by that I mean the large contingent of media members based in the Chicago area, an estimated 25-40% of their regular media) an 11 a.m. tip means either

a.) Getting your outlet/you yourself paying for a hotel in Champaign-Urbana the night before or

b.) Getting up at 6:30 a.m. to be there early enough to set up, effectively killing any plans you had for the Friday night before. And your plans for Saturday better be very early evening because you’ll now be ridiculously tired from covering this contest.

So with the weekend (and any semblance of a social life) now a casualty, we feel your pain Tom.

Here’s Tom’s thoughts/feelings on it.

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