While reading the Courier-Journal this morning, I came across a story from Zach Osterman of the Indy Star which just angered me more than it should have.
The story was on Indiana basketball with quotes from coach Tom Crean as he spoke to a room of supports and donors at Lucas Oil Stadium for the athletic departments “On the Road” series.
I try to like coaches like Crean. I really do. And then they open their mouths.
Of course last week two more Indiana players had a run in with the law and were cited for illegal possession of alcohol. “Okay. Fine, whatever.” would be my response for any other program. This happens and I get it. However, this is not the first run in with the law program members have had. I am not going to count it, but these types of incidents happen way too often at this school.
Any other program the players and even coach would be suspended, fired, expelled, etc. for such a high level of alcohol and drug possession arrests and citations. FFS, one of the players RAN OVER HIS TEAMMATE with a car.
But lets get back to the quotes that inspired this rant…..
“You know what I wish I had done when Hanner first got in trouble? And I love Hanner to death. I love Hanner Perea. I’d go back and remove him from the team. The responsiblity of thier behavior falls on me” – Crean
Yes. Let’s blame one player for several program arrests. The fact is, you didn’t make a statement to the rest of the players. You let him transfer on his own instead of being an adult and taking charge of the program. Now look at what that has created. Take that responsibility instead of calling out players to cover your butt.
When Crean recruits these players he sits in their living rooms and tells their moms he will take full responsibility of these kids. Then as soon as something goes wrong he blames the program problems on the kid and throws them under the bus. Maybe that’s what ticks me off the most.
He told the media specific discipline for Holt and Bryant “will be forthcoming,” and that as a team, IU is “in the midst of some internal discipline right now.” Crean declined to elaborate, though he hinted at early-morning workouts when he said he arrived at work at 4:30 a.m. Thursday.
You know what Kentucky calls 4:30 am workouts? The Breakfast Club. Not punishment. They don’t have to get arrested or have Cal force them to put in extra work. They know it takes extra work to get a title.
That’s the difference between our program and yours.
Yes. Kentucky (football) has had a few run ins with the law. The difference is our coach actually takes care of it by dismissing or giving actual punishments.
I just want to know when IU will take responsibility of its basketball coach and program? I was going to say “before something horrible happens”, but since a player was ran over by a car I would said that time has come and gone.