To most in fans, hell, probably most basketball fans in general, Brad Stevens’ life is the stuff dreams are made of. Well, I’ll tell you if you listen to the podcast below. He was named head coach at MU on March 30th, 1999. There will be a press conference with more information at 3 p.m. which we will live stream here.
Crean said the national search has already begun.
The 50-year-old coach has previously worked in the Michigan State, Alma College, Pittsburgh and Western Kentucky programs. The Crean-Indiana partnership had become unsustainable, with Indiana fans desperate to regain past national-power status and Crean appearing unable to consistently meet high expectations. It’s not always that way for other coaches. It appears that Fred Glass is, to quote Bob Knight, “sick and f***ing exhausted of losing to Purdue”.
He may actually be a basketball savant. Crean also was known as the man who coached Dwyane Wade, who has become one of the NBA’s biggest stars. A brilliant strategist and player development extraordinaire, no one doubts his capabilities on the court.
It’s an IN team that IN theory could return as a whole, but is clearly unlikely to do so. Coaches like Gregg Marshall or Archie Miller seem more likely, but their accomplishments aren’t exactly head and shoulders beyond what Crean did at Marquette or what he did at Indiana.
His hiring will finally appease the Fire Tom Crean twitter accounts. Each of the seniors that played for Crean at IU earned their degree while his teams received high academic progress rate marks nationally.
He can’t win the big game. Some of those feelings lingered because he hasn’t achieved his ultimate goals at the school, and some of them remained because he acts (and makes impressions that are) really weird - in a way that doesn’t inspire confidence.
Glass, who has two degrees from IU, said he’s a strong believer in “Hoosiers for life” and added that if anybody with IU ties reaches out to him for the job, he’ll give them an interview.