Things Go From Bad to Worse in Bloomington

[Editor’s Note: Throughout the day I participate in email conversations with friends about hot sports topics. One of my friends in particular is very active in these conversations. This is that friend.


Just turned on the TV and I am curious how it is possible we have 44 points in 38 minutes thus far and we’re now down 34. What started as a modest growing year (early Big 10 wins, Pitt win) is quickly turning into a nightmare.  We may be less competitive than last year!!!  We have not been within 20 points of a team since November, seemingly.

We’re better off playing with guys who came to IU on a field hockey scholarship than the heartless effort currently prevailing.

tom-crean-ejected fire tom crean?If you’re on the positive side of IU bball you would argue the youth is learning and growing.  Coupled with an actual “inside presence” and the return of Mo Creek the team will be competitive in 2010-11. This point is understood.

However, considering the recent string of blowouts at what point do you start worrying about defections?  What if Creek and Watford say “good bye” and move forward with another school?  At this point IU would fall another 2 years behind, at least.

I can’t imagine Crean being around in 2 years if this is the case.

Unfortunately IU f—-d it up by committing a 13-year contract to Crean, thus making the buyout difficult. What AD proposes that contract?  These guys (ADs) are f—–g idiots.  If Crean signed a 4-year deal and he had success, would Crean leave IU for Bowling Green or Kent State?  Crean showed his hand the day he signed — “It’s Indiana.”  We’re stuck.

Who has more conference wins — IU bball with 3 or the aggregate of IU football over the next 3 seasons?

At this point I say dump IU athletics altogether and specialize in the spell bowl.

* – Tom Crean photo credit: AP Photo/Darron Cummings via Washington Post


Who is Wendell Willkie? Wouldn’t you like to know.

The pseudonym was inspired by the very Wendell Willkie who is an Indiana University legend and democrat turncoat who ran for president against FDR in 1940; however, the man behind the pseuodonym shall otherwise remain nameless.

Jerod simply posts WW’s ramblings here to help unclog his inbox (hence, the spam cleansing) and because there are occasional nuggets of insight that provide good jumping off points for conversation.

So go, converse. WW will undoubtedly be back soon with more email ramblings…


  1. If the Hoosiers don't go .500 next year, they'll start to run out of Kelvin Sampson excuses. Most of those kids in the starting lineup will be guys Crean recruited, so he needs accountability.

    Fred Glass= brown noser and kool aid drinker. I love how he tries to back Bill Lynch on the radio.

    • I agree that IU needs to show progress and go .500 next year. But Crean came into a terrible situation and he's done enough right things off the court and on the recruiting trail recently for me to give him the benefit of the doubt. Assuming he's doing everything the right way, I want him here long term. Even if this year is another one of struggles, I believe in his long term plan. Lynch on the other hand…well that's a different story.

      • Jerod, the simple truth is this…Tom Crean always has been and always will be a mediocre basketball coach. A good enough guy, will pay homage to the past and do things the right way, but you can't make up for mediocrity in terms of b-ball acumen. A lot of people simply didn't and still don't recognize this fact. IU should improve through the years with Crean, certainly better than now, but there is certainly a very finite ceiling in terms of the heights the program can be. No reason to believe, however, that he can't get IU to where they frequently dip into the top 25 and maybe on occasion into the top 10. Consistent top 10? Unfortunately, that will remain a pipedream. We can attain a modicum of success under Crean but, as noted, a definite ceiling. Mediocre coach, good guy. He'll have to do.

        • I think you pretty much summed it up Steve. And honestly, I'll take what you described for a few years. It'd be nice just to be .500 again and sniff the damn top 25. So it's not like Crean has ridiculous expectations on him. By and large, the IU fan base has been incredibly patient, and most of us remain that way. But damn…some good performances, at least some improvement, has to start coming at some point.

  2. I would love to see IU back at the top…but I'm not holding my breath. I've been a fan most of my adult life (I'm 58 years old) and I never dreamed the Hoosiers could drop to such a low point, losing to all but the most menial of opponents. This is a sad time for IU basketball and I don't think it wll get any better. The program has been a loser for enough years now so that it will find it nearly impossible to attract any good talent. When you look back on the school's biggest successes, the name that permeates them is Robert Montgomery Knight, a man who should have won his record-breaking games at Indiana instead of Texas Tech.

  3. jim johnson says:

    Rehire Bobby. He knows the game better than anyone in america. The idiots that fired him are either gone or dead, so lets get him back. Offer him 4 million per season…. Now!!!!!!

    • As exciting as this idea is for the first two seconds I hear it…it's simply implausible. He's old now and was starting to lose some of his effectiveness anyway when he retired. We have the right guy for the job right now. We just need to practice patience, as hard as it is.

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