Is Tom Crean Coaching His Team to Flop?

By Jason Priestas on February 28, 2013 at 7:47a

Twice in the last week, Indiana players have gone down easy, leading Hoosier coach Tom Crean to demand video reviews. The most recent incident occurred at Minnesota Tuesday night:

Minnesota led the Hoosiers 75-70 with 25.6 seconds left when Austin Hollins took an inbounds pass and was immediately trapped in the backcourt by Indiana's Victor Oladipo and Will Sheehey.

As Hollins pivoted Sheehey fell to the floor and began holding the side of his face.

"Tom Crean is screaming he wants the refs to go to the monitors,'' said ESPN color man Dakich, a former Indiana player and interim head coach.

Last week, the Hoosiers pulled a similar stunt against Michigan State:

Exactly one week before, Crean had rushed an official and demanded play be stopped for review when Michigan State's Derrick Nix was alleged to have struck Indiana Cody Zeller below the belt at a key moment late in the Spartans' 72-68 loss.

This time, Minnesota was the team Crean asked to have put on trial, and Dick Vitale wasn't calling the game beside Tirico.

The replay of Sheehey's fall was shown in slow motion after the officials adhered to Crean's demand, stopping play to see if there was indeed an illegal blow delivered.

"Nothing there,'' Dakich said after the replay floated across the screen.

Tirico jumped in, bringing up the Feb. 19 Michigan State-Indiana game.

"Let's go back to last week, Indiana-Michigan State, end of the game, big issue with Derrick Nix and Cody Zeller,'' Tirico said. "Zeller, on a post move, elbowed Nix below the belt, the place where it hurts, it seemed to be in the natural act of the play.''

That play, it's worth noting, was not reviewed and play was not stopped.

"Then about a minute and a half later, there was a question if there was a hand by Nix to the groin area of Zeller,'' Tirico said. "As people watched the replays over and over and on different angles, a lot of people wondered if Zeller on purpose brought Nix's hand down to hit him and make it look like he got hit below the belt.''

Dakich replied: "The film certainly showed that. Indiana fans didn't believe it but the film showed it.''

Vitale, who prosecuted Nix during the telecast a week ago, has since apologized for going too far with his opinion before other camera angles showed Zeller did indeed appear to frame Nix — with Crean screaming for play to be stopped.

Does a team with Cody Zeller, Victor Oladipo and countless other talent really need to resort to this sort of thing?


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Dr. House's picture

I see Tom Crean is taking notes from the lost chapter of the Gordon Bombay playbook "Take the fall! Act hurt! Get indignant!"

AngryWoody's picture

What ever happened to Emilio Estevez? He used to be in everything.

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Dr. House's picture

last i heard he was embedded within a secret spy organization and he may  have been crushed by an elevator and more than likely been disavowed.
Wait hang on i might be getting movies and real life mixed up again.

AngryWoody's picture

Hey 11W there is no question Crean is teaching his guys to flop. I don't know how to get the video, but if you watch the huddle right before the elbow incident of the Minny game, you can see Crean in the huddle get down on his knees from his chair and start shaking his elbows. It's blatant. When it happened I was like "What the hell is he doing?". Then right after that She-He runs out and does a terrible flop into the other guys elbow.
Anyways if you all can get the video of that huddle it's really clear by Crean's body language he's telling his guys to cheat.
EDIT: Deadspin got the huddle in question.

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O-H-I-Owe-U's picture

She-He is total flopper. Watch the play, he doesn't make an attempt to steal the ball, instead he  intentionally bends down really low and positions his face up against the Minnesota players elbow and as soon as the Minnie kid moves, She acts like he just got bowed. My son was laughing about it because it was so blatant. And pitiful. 

jeremytwoface's picture

Good catch...

And when we win the game, we'll buy a keg of boooooooooze!! And we'll drink to old Ohio 'till we wobble in our shoes.

LouGroza's picture

Here is the video showing Zellars blatant attempt at making Nix an on-ball defender.
And this move to the basket on Nix shows his tactics may be honed in more ways than one.
Sure hope this isn't Crean pushing his team to play this way. Too bad if so. The B1G should put a stop to it now. At least put out a warning of severe punishment if future "shots" occur.

Poison nuts's picture

Wow! This is strange. The video of Zeller makes it obvious that he made the guy slap him in the weirdos....If that's what Crean is coaching kids to do, he just became even more hate-able.

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Run_Fido_Run's picture

I call for a re-vote on the Jan. 29, 2013 11W poll, "Which Do You Dislike More [Tom Crean or Bo Ryan]?"
Not to toot my own horn, but the rationale I gave for voting for Crean in that thread was more right than I knew at the time: "Crean orbits on a plane of douchiness that is high above most mortal d-bags."

toad1204's picture

This guy???  You're kidding me....

Nothing like dancing on the field in 02... 

bigbadbuck's picture

looks to me like hes got a thing going on with his heuvos right there

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Poison nuts's picture

One of the creepiest gifs ever!

"Do not pass me, just slow down - I can move right through you" Superchunk - Precision Auto.

Jelligrim's picture

Looks like the creepy brother from Wedding Crashers.

OSUStu's picture

I said I would be rooting for the B1G in the tourney.  This and, well, Crean in general are going to make it difficult to root for Indiana.

If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.  ~ Bruce Lee

Doc's picture

Crean is a Douchenhiemer.  Wouldn't put it passed him.

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BuddhaBuck's picture

This question is rhetorical. It's akin to asking if Walrus Bollman calls dive plays on 3rd and long.

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jeremytwoface's picture

I hate Tom Crean.
I hate Indiana.
You're going to have players that flop all the time... It's annoying, but it happens.
But for the integrity of the game, you don't want to see a coach teaching that to kids. It's gross.

And when we win the game, we'll buy a keg of boooooooooze!! And we'll drink to old Ohio 'till we wobble in our shoes.

OldColumbusTown's picture

I second this.  Indiana basketball fans are the worst - WORST.  The officials are "always out to get them" even though it is comical how badly slanted the majority of games at Assembly Hall are in favor of the Hoosiers.
Added to that is the biggest squirrel in college basketball - Tom Crean.  He tries to put out this aura of toughness that just doesn't exist.  He's mostly done a whole lot of nothing for the majority of his career, getting to the FF solely on the back of Dwyane Wade.  He got the IU job because it was a dumpster fire at the time, and nobody else high-profile even wanted it.
This is probably coming off very strongly, but to be honest, I just can't stand the guy.  Everything he does rubs me the wrong way, whether it be these latest incidents, the blow-by handshakes, causing friction in the B1G conference calls, calling out opposing coaching staffs on Twitter... what else can he do to make himself look like more of a fool?

TheHumbleBuckeye's picture

Tom Crean demands the security guard on the left get a foul for back pedaling into the Raptor's path.


Hovenaut's picture

Can we track down that nutty Iowa State fan who wanted to go berzeker on Self and get him over to Assembly Hall?

It's only a matter of time Creanster.....

nltemple's picture

Another great example of the teaching leaders of our youth.

Noel Temple

sir rickithda3rd's picture

i def teach my kids how to take a charge. its part of the game get to the spot first, put your hands up, and absorb the contact. its not just crean its all coaches im sure matta and co do too. however, there is a diff between flopping and taking a charge.

mark may wins douchebag of the year... again

Dr. House's picture

what iu has done this year has looked like they are bumping like ping pong ball. (see shawn Michaels V Hulk Hogan) 

NW Buckeye's picture

Sir, I understand what you are saying, but both instances of 'flops' shown here are nothing like and do not resemble in any way "taking a charge". I coached for many years.  Never would any of the coaches I worked with advise any player to feign a foul the way Crean is obviously teaching his players.  In both instances cited the vast majority of coaches would have been coaching players up, to play more inspired.  Instead, Crean resorts to questionable antics, sending a clear message of what he really believes his team is capable of on their own ability and talent.  This type of court side behavior is why I voted Crean the most hated B1G coach in the 11W poll.  Heck, I would vote him as my most hated coach in the country, maybe in any sport.  Yes, even more hated than Kiffin.
I am a big proponent for fans supporting their team's coach.  But, if I had ever seen Matta coaching players in this manner I would be spearheading a movement to get rid of him.   

AngryWoody's picture

This is the best flop ever. Skyrim players will especially appreciate this.

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I_Run_The_Dave's picture

Reminds me of the Hulk in the Avengers movie.  Hahaha.  Apparently they have super human strength in the NFL!!

bigbadbuck's picture

which flew higher...Jerome or the flag?.......unreal

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LadyBuck's picture

What gets me is that this is what is starting to piss people off in regards to Crean. Not the fact that whenever he loses, he takes 60+ minutes to appear to post game pressers, assuming he goes to them (took 90 minutes when IU lost to Minny), executes the blow-by handshake with the finesse of a seasoned diva, how he behaves like a spoiled five year old who doesn't get what he wants on the side line, or consistently over signs every year. This is just added to my laundry list of reasons why I hate Tom Crean. Hell, I like Calipari a ton better than Crean. He may be scummy, but at least you know what you're getting.
As for the "least favorite between Crean and Ryan" poll, I don't see why people hate Bo Ryan that much. He seems like an overall great coach with a dry sense of humor. I do believe he responded to Sully's allegation of being spit on and Uthoff's transfer in the best way, but he's still an excellent coach.

Run_Fido_Run's picture

Alas, I could only give you one upvote. 

Dr. House's picture

you sir are awesome. your rage against crean has earned you an upvote and this gif.

Knarcisi's picture

Flop ... Like his 80s middle part hairdo.