DAN: Totally Creaned By This One
By Dan O'Donnell
Unfortunately, this is no April Fool's joke. Tom Crean is the new head coach of the Indiana Hoosiers. Hope he has a good long-distance calling plan.
In all seriousness, though, this is a big blow for Marquette basketball. Crean amassed a 188-94 record in his nine seasons, led Marquette to its first and only Final Four since the Al McGuire era in 2003, and was named Conference USA Coach of the Year in 2002 and 2003.
But he wasn't perfect. Crean was a notorious hardliner who alienated a number of his players, including talented transfers Odartey Blankson and Dameon Mason, and he always seemed something of an opportunist who never stopped looking for the next stepping stone on his way back to Michigan State.
No, Crean was never planning on being a Marquette lifer, nor will he be a lifelong Hoosier. The second Tom Izzo retires, Crean will be on a flight to East Lansing.
Sorry IU, loyalty just doesn't seem to be in his vocabulary and, in truth, it doesn't need to be. College coaches are by definition vagabonds, jumping from mid-major to mid-major until they finally hit the big time. And then they jump to the even bigger time.
While there will inevitably be alums and boosters who curse Crean's name like they do Bob Huggins', I won't be one of them. Crean isn't Huggins, he's Michael Corleone. It's not personal, MU fans, it's just business.