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You paying attention, Les Miles?

Posted on: May 2, 2008 3:12 pm
Edited on: May 2, 2008 3:14 pm

On the same day I was disgusted into writing about LSU football coach Les Miles, who finally saw fit to expel his best player, I'm moved to write in support of Indiana basketball coach Tom Crean ... who booted off his only players.

Crean inherited an awful situation at Indiana, one infected by the kinds of players Kelvin Sampson not only had recruited -- but then had allowed to run amok. Interim coach Dan Dakich was the first person to bring discipline to the program by kicking Armon Bassett and Jamarcus Ellis off the team shortly after the season ended.

Crean came in, and immediately it sounded as if he was going to succumb to the same sort of crap that Les Miles succumbed to all those times he put up with Ryan Perrilloux: But my team needs these guys ...

But after sitting on it and thinking on it and presumably meeting with the carcinogenic players himself, Crean decided Friday not to let them back onto the team. Even better, he also kicked off DeAndre Thomas, whose rotten attitude could be smelled from a mile away.

Crean has no players left. No good ones, anyway. He's going to get his butt kicked for a year or two at Indiana because of it, but I'm more proud of the man than I've ever been.

And I'm more disappointed in Miles than ever.


Category: NCAAB

Since: Dec 1, 2006
Posted on: May 6, 2008 12:46 pm

You paying attention, Les Miles?

Man, are you a Marquette fan?  That is the most negative I have read on Crean, from a blog or a newspaper I have only read positive stuff.

Since: Nov 24, 2007
Posted on: May 6, 2008 11:40 am

You paying attention, Les Miles?

Pay attention to some real journalism Doyle: 

Since: Sep 8, 2006
Posted on: May 5, 2008 8:42 pm

You paying attention, Les Miles?

Tell me when the next Dwayne Wade comes through Indiana.. Dwayne Wade is the only reason anybody gives 2 turds about Tom Crean. He is clueless on coaching a good defense. Crean owes Wade his career because Wade made him who he is and even with Wade he was only able to get to the Final Four. Pretty overrated. In the Big Ten, he'll be getting embarrassed. His style of play fits in with the Big East. It won't cut it in the B-10. Do we need to retrace the Michigan St. vs. Marquette game in last years tournament? That was an embarrassment to say the least. Crean couldn't win one at Marquette with one of the best defensive players in the nation, a Big East freshman of the year and Wes Matthews, you think he's going to win anything at Indiana than you are wrong. Crean is a great guy, his coaching is pretty overrated. I don't think Dominic James would've gotten worse on an annual basis if Crean was such a great coach.

Since: Mar 9, 2007
Posted on: May 4, 2008 11:20 pm

You paying attention, Les Miles?

I completely agree that Crean did the right thing. Allowing those guys back on the team sends the wrong message to future recruits. As a newly hired coach, especially following a scandal, Crean will have a couple years of leeway; starting from scratch will allow the team to start over on a positive note. The Big 10 is a prestigious athletic and academic conference; discipline should be a priority for every program

Since: May 4, 2008
Posted on: May 4, 2008 11:00 pm

You paying attention, Les Miles?

Hey Naptown inc, I am a hoosier fan since childhood and a IU alumni. I agree with everything you said. I add this..... Indiana needs to take a stand against players who think they are owed something. The truth is they owe the university for providing a scholorship, books, room and board, meals, hotels airfair etc... The university owes them nothing! Crean is the man who will bring IU back to respectibility. Glad the cancer has been removed in the basketball team. More house cleaning needs to be done at top though. Greenspan, Herbert , a few trustees needs to be shown the door for creating the mess that we are slowly climbing out of. Indiana will be better for it. I will support my team even in the tough years ahead period!!!!!!!!


Since: Oct 13, 2007
Posted on: May 4, 2008 10:08 pm

You paying attention, Les Miles?

Hey man, Foolmer needs a Colquit to win some games.  It should have only been a 1 game suspension.  Quit hating on Phil Foolmer.

Since: Nov 18, 2007
Posted on: May 4, 2008 9:49 pm

You paying attention, Les Miles?

You are absolutely clueless. Talk to Marquette players about his integrity and don't question mine internet tough guy.  I call it like it is and has been reported by several media outlets in Milwaukee. It's obvious they know more than IU nation and you of all people. So excuse me but you're the one lacking knowledge and the IQ.  You and the Indiana fan base though are a great judges of character.


President Herbert feels that Sampson is an ideal choice to take over one of the nation's most storied college basketball programs.

"Our new coach is the right man to maintain and build upon IU's long and storied traditions. IU basketball is an elite program that plays by the rulesand graduates its student athletes," Herbert said. "There is no question that wins and losses are very important to members of the Hoosier family. Equally important to us are high academic expectations and the core character values of the university. I am convinced that our new coach understands fully and is determined to meet Indiana University's high overall expectations."

Since: Nov 18, 2007
Posted on: May 4, 2008 9:40 pm

You paying attention, Les Miles?

Hardly bitter. Facts are facts. I would not expect a clueless Indiana fan to know anything outside of Indiana basketball,  but it does exist . In fact Marquette's current players know first hand of his lies, but hey you know more than they do. Give me a break.

Since: Sep 17, 2006
Posted on: May 4, 2008 7:30 pm

You paying attention, Les Miles?

that said

Since: Jan 26, 2007
Posted on: May 4, 2008 6:42 pm

You paying attention, Les Miles?

No doubt schoolteachers r ridiulously underpaid. It is why I presently do not do it.  Dakich is a Knight disciple, an old school guy who will not some pampered AAU punks run all over him. It was not a good match. I still contend Dakich is terrific, given a different set of circumstances, he could prove it. Enjoy the kids. They can be amazing.

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