Tag:Big Ten
Posted on: April 2, 2008 12:06 am

Tom Crean to IU?

Just a few thoughts on this development, and what it means for both IU and Marquette. I think Crean will be a good fit, I've seen his Marquette squads dismantle my Panthers on a regular basis, and I have a lot of respect for him as a coach, despite the fact that he looks like  Dwight from The Office. After the Kelvim Sampson debacle, I think this is a solid move by IU to put a new face and a new spin on their program. Plus, if Crean can handle the Bid East, moving to the Big Ten should be no problem. Not to slight the Big Ten, there are some quality programs there, but there are also a couple of real cupcakes to feast on. I don't think recruiting will be a problem at all for Crean, and Indiana looks like they've found their man, kudos to them.

As for Marquette . . . ouch. The Big East is ultra-competitive, and when you look at the list of superb coaches in the Big East (Calhoun, Beohiem (i can NEVER spell that right), Thompson, Huggins, Pitino, Dixon) and quality programs, I see Marquette slipping a bit. Also, with as well as Wisconsin has been playing in recent years (Bo Ryan is seriously underrated, he's excellent) I see Marquette facing an uphill battle in both recruiting and on the court competition. Not that they can't get it done by any stretch of the imagination, and it may be a bit of staing the obvious here, but I think Indiana is a real winner in this move and Marquette suffers pretty heavily. Of course, all that can change with the right coaching hire, so it will be interesting to see how MU responds in the next few days and weeks. As a Big East fan, I wish them the best, and I wish Tom Crean the best,

Especially because it was nice to get the last word in on him in the Big East Tournament!!!!
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