Tom Crean Gets in Michigan Assistant's Face After the Win

March 11, 2013 at 9:11a    by Vico    
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AndyVance's picture

Textbook Crean. What a tool.

joshhersh's picture

Dude does not look too be mentally stable. Honestly. He's just strange. Is it possible he's putting on a show for IU fans or is he just this off the handle?

AndyVance's picture

Maybe he's just off his meds...

rdubs's picture

That smirk, good god, that smirk...  I am picking them to win it all this year (just so it won't happen).

tdible2132's picture

Lol this is the perfect time for a "Is that really necessary man?"

BED's picture

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Kaceybrown's picture

 
I wonder if he has seen this or another video and realizes just how much of an ass he really is.
maybe he should start looking for another role model???
 

dubjayfootball90's picture

Very unprofessional. Very childish. Act like you been there before. Just a classless act by an extremely classless man.

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

Could you imagine the hate for M*chigan if Crean was the coach?

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

d1145fresh's picture

I would love to see him suspended for a B1G tourny game. This is completely classless. I understand Crean wanting to make a statement showing how the IU program has rebounded but he can do that in the post game press conference. Going after an assistant coach after the game is as d-bag as it gets. 

BuckeyeLurker0509's picture

Who do you think has a more smarmy punch-able face...
Lane Kiffin, Brett Bielema or Tom Crean? (FWIW Jim Harbaugh ranks up there for me too) 

Estrada's picture

E. All of the above (all 4 of them).

buckeye20's picture

You know what?  He's right. Kelvin Sampson and company ruined the program.  These people need to be out of coaching.  They ruin a program and cheat their asses off and go make 100's of thousands somewhere else.  Crean came in during very lean times and rebuilt the program.  He just took the opportunity to remind Meyer where he left the program.  Good for him.  Who cares about a Michigan assistant anyway? A good IU program is good for the conference. I wonder if Meyer is the coach in charge for free throws?
 

toad1204's picture

So you'd be good with Brady Hoke getting into a shoving match with Rich Rod?

Nothing like dancing on the field in 02... 

BuckeyeSki's picture

I'd pay hard earned money gladly to watch this. Somebody get Dana White on the phone asap

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toad1204's picture

I agree but, my point is act like you've been there before.  He's on a national stage with millions of people watching and pull a stunt like that?  Kind of hoping the B1G brass come down on him. 
I guess he was told by the PR department to take care of things.

Nothing like dancing on the field in 02... 

Run_Fido_Run's picture

Thanks for the link. So I guess we do know that Crean was screaming, "You know what you did. You helped wreck our program" (in my comment below, I wasn't sure if we knew what Crean said).
My point still stands, though: that message could have been conveyed without pointing at someone's chest in an aggressive manner and screaming spittle in his face. That Crean had a point doesn't excuse his actions.
If I'd been in Meyer's shoes, I would have knocked Crean's ass out right there at mid court. Great job by Meyer for showing such restraint. I guess that's how his career can survive something like the Sampson regime at IU.

penult's picture

Crean did not have a point at all.  From that ESPN link:

Michigan did not make Meyer available to comment to the media Sunday. He was cleared by the NCAA of wrongdoing at Indiana in regard to major violations. He recruits the state of Indiana heavily for John Beilein's team.

From all that I read, Jeff Meyer was not found to have done anything wrong.  He just happened to be on Sampson's staff.  So no, Crean did NOT have a point and his aggressive manner was not the only thing wrong.
 

BuckeyeVet's picture

You're exactly right, man. That's a shitty role model for his players, fans, school, etc...

"Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read."          - Groucho Marx 
 

xFactor11's picture

I believe they're more qualified for a sumo match.

Run_Fido_Run's picture

We don't know for sure what Crean said to Meyer or why he said it, right? Or, maybe other viewers were able to decipher it?
All we know for certain is how Crean acted - racing over to get in the face of an opposing assistant coach, pointing his finger aggressively at him, and screaming spittle at him. Is that acceptable behavior?
Until we have the transcript of what was said, not sure we can analyze Crean's "arguments," but a good argument from him would not excuse his physical actions.

toad1204's picture

He's probably still mad about that loss last Tuesday.
 

Nothing like dancing on the field in 02... 

BucksfanXC's picture

"You wrecked our program" is what he shouts at him.
I'm hearing lots of reports about Crean not doing a handshake line post-game either.
Also, an M-fan said that all game Crean yelled "shut up" at the UofM bench and coaches who were talking to the refs.
I do not like the guy from what little I know about him. He seems like he might have a screw loose the way his emotions rollercoaster like they do.

“Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.”  - Woody

TheShookster's picture

This is so annoying. Tom Crean acts like he really cared about IU before he got there. He looks like an angry alumnus that charged out of the stands to give the former Sampson assistant his moral comeuppance.

Run_Fido_Run's picture

Good point. Crean saying "you wrecked our program" as justification for attacking a former coach sets up a weird standard, of sorts.
Crean, who apparently grew up in Michigan, is a grad of Central Michigan. He was coaching at Marquette when Sampson was "wrecking" the IU program. So, he's angry about how Sampson, Meyer, et al handled the program while he was coaching a rival school?
Is Thad supposed to be angry at Jim O'Brien, Calipari angry at Tubby Smith, etc.?
When IU hits the skids again and they fire Crean, is Crean's successor supposed to scream at Crean in public for wrecking "our program"?
And, if that coach struggles, will Crean show up at Assembly Hall and berate that guy for wrecking the program, too? After all, if Crean's ownership over the IU program predates his arrival, shouldn't also continue after he's no longer head coach there?

gbdawg's picture

Crean is a total jerk

okiebuck's picture

Something happened to Crean when he got to IU; he wasn't this much of a horses ass when he was at Marquette.

"Fate has cards that it don't want to show"

Man of Scarlet and Gray's picture

For as much as I hate Bo Ryan's smugness, this guy is whole different level of hatred. He is an absolute A-hole with no class. I hope nothing but embarrassing losses are coming up for IU because they're turning into my least favorite team in college basketball.

 "I like to believe that my best hits border on felonious assault."
--Jack Tatum

Poison nuts's picture

If there is any sort of Karmic Justice in the world, you're hopes will come true. This guy is on another level of being an asshole, in a realm all his own. I would think even IU fans would see that stupid looking smirk on his face as he was walking away & feel at least a little bit sick to their stomachs...

"Death created time to grow the things that it would kill" - Detective Rustin Cohle.

Flyermike's picture

I guess the real question is, would you have a problem if he acted like that as the head coach of the team you root for?  I certainly wouldn't.  Love him or hate him, he has built a monster program that was left for dead a few years ago.

buckeye20's picture

You are 100% correct!  Love him or hate him...he built it back up.

Poison nuts's picture

I can answer that question with a resounding YES. I would absolutely have a problem with him if he coached OSU. Stupid is stupid regardless of success...Luckily, we did get a guy who built a monster program out of a pile of ashes, and he is not at all a turd like Tom Crean.

"Death created time to grow the things that it would kill" - Detective Rustin Cohle.

Flyermike's picture

I recall the hatred OSU fans used to spew in the direction of Urban Meyer after a certain game a few years ago.  Now look at us.  Crean just won the B1G outright by winning a game in a hostile environment.  IMHO the guy was fired up and proud of what he has accomplished, and I am sure his players feed off that.  I don't condone what he did, but it certainly doesn't offend me.  Just my 2 cents...

dubjayfootball90's picture

IMO, (maybe just me) using UFM is not a fair comparison. 1. of course you are going to hate the coach who is whooping your (our) teams ass. 2. I hated Urban, HATED him, when he was with Florida. I did not hate him as a person or a coach, but I hate him for what he took from us as a fan base, as a team, as a whole people and what was being built in Gainesville. Maybe it was jealousy, but I wanted it. 3. I respected the hell out of Urban for what he did, and when he came to Ohio State, I never forgave him, but I got excited for the fact that his coaching style and winning tradition came home, and now we could possible be the new top dogs.
it goes deeper than just saying, "you hated him then, but you love him now? thats hypocrisy." you know?

Flyermike's picture

I hear ya, dubjay.  UFM might not be the best comparison, but I just remember the way he whined about how scUM already had their chance to beat OSU to the media and that FL deserved their chance (and with hindsight, that was spot on).  Didn't mean to call OSU fans' reaction to Crean hypocritical, I was just trying to make the point that IU fans probably don't mind his actions at all.  

dubjayfootball90's picture

got yea, and I do agree. I went on espn and read a few reactions from IU fans, and they responded like:
"Yea, coach has the teams back" and "Thank you coach for sticking up for your players", etc etc.
a very misguided group indeed....

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

I would have an issue with it. He just made a personal attack which will overshadow the effort of his players. Completely ridiculous, just like how he teaches his players to flop and fake being hit. Sadly, IU fans won't be smart enough to see his actions as classless.

d1145fresh's picture

I have no problem with him making a statement about rebuilding the program. The problem is when you actively seek out another coach on the floor after a tough loss to rub it in. Save it for the post game presser and you can say something about rebuilding the program and give credit to the kids who came in and joined you in the process. 

dubjayfootball90's picture

exactly. seeking someone out the way he did was classless. And that smirk.... OH THAT SMIRK!!!!! I hate that smirk.

NW Buckeye's picture

Flyer, If Matta acted like this I would be the first in line to call for censure.  Crean takes douchieness to a whole new level.  I have always wanted the B1G to do well in the tourney, only cheered against a team if they ended up matched with the Buckeyes.  Not so with this Dbag - I will cheer against IN in every game they play.  He is a total idiot and an embarrassment to the B1G.  Delany should suspend him for his childish post game behavior (not just for this incident, but just about every post game hand shake).

BuckeyeVet's picture

Yes, I would. Rep my Buckeyes with class. Always.

"Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read."          - Groucho Marx 
 

FitzBuck's picture

Classless.  Moving on. 

Fitzbuck

Toledo - Ohio's right armpit 

"A troll by any other name is still a troll". 

 

buckeye20's picture

Like Woody Hayes was a choir boy?
 

buckeye20's picture

How about Woody grabbing the Big Ten Commish around the neck and telling him "You F*&%$ed my players??

buckeye20's picture

Woody strangling the commish is now legendary. Crean called him out and whether we like him or not it was ballsy.
 

AndyVance's picture

It's like the 11th Commandment, my friend: "Thou Shalt Not Take Woody's Name In Vain." Which probably applies here. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news...

buckeye20's picture

Maybe I wasn't clear enough.  My point was, Woody's stories are legendary and we love him for it. IU hasn't had good news for years and Crean took the opportunity to tell the guy he thinks he's an a-hole for what he did.  I'm good with it.  It's good for their program.  We need more people to tell it like it is.  Too much political correctness going on.  He called it like he saw it.  Maybe bad timing but who really cares?
 

Leanenaud's picture

As rude as this may be it's entertainment gold. I love being front and center for a train wreck and Crean qualifies. As long as no one's getting hurt I'd like to see more, please.

Doc's picture

Total asshat. Most punchable face in the history of faces. 

"Say my name."

tennbuckeye19's picture

Aw, the legend of the douche-nozzle adds yet another chapter.
When it comes to confrontation and calling someone out, there is a time and a place for such a thing. But for Crean yesterday, there was no better time or place to confront someone that he despises (and rightfully so). 
In fairness to Crean, the IU program when he took over was in shambles. They were under sanctions and he could barely field a team his first year. He coached multiple 20 loss seasons. The guy has a right to be pissed off for what went down under Sampson. There's no doubt about that. But, yesterday was not exactly the time or place. Crean is the type of guy who seemingly never lets an opportunity to rub something in someone's face go. He is not afraid of confrontation and clearly he cares very little what anyone except his players think about him. 
I look forward to the many chapters Crean will add to his legend in the future.

Brutus's picture

Actually, I'm not so sure Crean has a right to be pissed about anything that went on before him. He willingly took the job under the cloud of an NCAA investigation.  He knew what he was getting into.  To bitch and moan about it now just reeks of a guy who wants to crow about what a great job he's done now that he's finally achieved some meaningful success.  If he meant these sentiments, he should have gone after Meyer years ago.  Instead, he waits until he wins a championship on the home court of the guy he goes after just so he can rub it in even more. 
 

tennbuckeye19's picture

I get that people don't like Crean. I can't stand the guy and I'm certainly not defending his actions. He most certainly was rubbing things in. That's his style. But he has every right to be pissed. Just because he took the job and "knew what he was getting into" doesn't change that. 
 

Brutus's picture

I know you're not defending him. Not sure anyone outside of Bloomington can defend that guy.  But I still don't see why he has such a right to be pissed about what the previous regime did.  Yes, Sampson's actions made Crean's job harder when he took over the program, but that's exactly what he was hired to do.  IU expected Crean to bring them back to prominence and now that he's done it, it seems like he's going to go around and throw it in everyone's face.  Not to mention, Meyer was cleared by the NCAA of any wrongdoing under Sampson.  This would be like Urban Meyer calling out Bollman or Sciliano or any of the other football coaches who were not retained for the stuff that Tressel did (though he could rightfully call out Bollman and Sciliano for any number of other things).
Whatever the case, just glad that that d-bag is not our problem.  I'm sure IU is happy to be winning with him, but I have to imagine at least some of that fan base cringes at his childish behavior.

tennbuckeye19's picture

I can see what you're saying. 
Honestly, I view Crean as the current boyfriend/husband who is pissed off at his girlfriend's/wife's ex-boyfriend/ex-husband for the way they treated his girlfriend/wife. 

Brutus's picture

Yep.  Perfect analogy.

Run_Fido_Run's picture

Brutus. First, spot on observation above:

To bitch and moan about it now just reeks of a guy who wants to crow about what a great job he's done now that he's finally achieved some meaningful success.

And to further another point you're making - Who's to say that Crean ever sniffs the IU job if Sampson/Meyer hadn't "wrecked" it enough to clear the way for Crean to get the job in the first place? And now he gets to martyr himself. Maybe he should send thank you cards to Sampson and thus Meyer, not scream spittle into Meyer's face on national t.v. More likely, as you astutely surmise, Crean's little theatrics are (sub?)consciously performed to make Crean look like a savior.

Dougger's picture

Turd-burglar city right there

I like football

TheMinnesotaBuckeye's picture

If not for the transgressions of the previous regime, Crean would still be at Marquette. He should be thanking Sampson's gang.

doofenshmirtz's picture

Crean should yell at all the people at IU who thought it was a great idea to hire a known cheater in Kelvin Sampson.  Sampson got Oklahoma in hot water doing the exact same stuff he did at IU!

tennbuckeye19's picture

This is true. IU hiring Sampson was a complete joke and they go what they paid for.

Bucks43201's picture

I love when Dakich called out the IU staff for telling their players to flop at the end of the OSU game Tuesday.

"You win with people." - Woody Hayes

BrewstersMillions's picture

Tom Crean is an enormous Richard Cranium. With each passing day, his douchebaggery increases. I expect that in 3 years, he'll surpass Bobby Knight as the biggest douche bag in college basketball coaching history. 

4-6 seconds from point A to point B and when you get to point B, be pissed off

Bucks43201's picture

I just read his "apology" on ESPN. Anybody that ends their apology statement with the sentence: "End of story.", is in the D-bag Hall of Fame.

"You win with people." - Woody Hayes

tennbuckeye19's picture

Plus, you know it's not the end of the story. 

OSUStu's picture

Pretty much anyone that says "end of story" anytime they are done talking deserves at least a nomination.

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

Bucks43201's picture

Right and right. He's just pissed he was caught on camera being his pompous self, so now he wants this story to end.

"You win with people." - Woody Hayes

Lincoln's picture

So now instead of talking about the kids on the team, the seniors who were there, and the crazy finish, we are talking about the coach being a dbag.
Well played Creen. End of Story.

buckeye20's picture

The entertainment value is top notch.  He looks like The Joker when he is walking off the court. 

Maceyko's picture

I thought they said Jeff Meyer was found innocent and cleared of any wrong doing?  Not that he may not still have some skeletons there, but if so then this is just weird.  Either way it's like watching the nerdy kid on the playground go crazy.

BUCKfutter's picture

re-posting a pic i posted during the game yesterday...it's my favorite picture ever taken of tom crean:

the kids are playing their tail off, and the coaches are screwing it up! - JLS

toad1204's picture

I had a different angle but yea, pretty much the same picture.

Nothing like dancing on the field in 02... 

KBonay's picture

To steal from myself on the other thread, that you so kindly enjoyed:
 

William's picture

Doesn't really irk me. The stuff that makes Crean douchey is showing up for a post-game conference at 1:40 am. Let's be honest, if Woody Hayes had ever gone after a coach like this we'd be worshipping it as part of his legacy. 
 

BrewstersMillions's picture

But it wouldn't be any less douchey. When 99 out of 100 fan bases think something's douchey, odds are it is. There are a lot of people who think Meyer is a douche. None of us clearly do.
Its a matter of perspective as far as what fans think something is but douchey is douchey. Its just whether or not you choose to admit it.

4-6 seconds from point A to point B and when you get to point B, be pissed off

tennbuckeye19's picture

As far as perspective goes, it is different when he's your douche, though.

Nick's picture

God I hope we win the B1G tourney. Over Indiana.

BUCKfutter's picture

meanwhile, urban meyer has a friendly conversation with boom herron and mike adams.  take notes, mr. crean

the kids are playing their tail off, and the coaches are screwing it up! - JLS

LadyBuck's picture

And another tick on the "Why I Hate Tom Crean" list. If I were Tom Izzo, I would be ashamed. He may yell and whine during the game, but he's a class act off the court, giving credit to the opposing coach and players regularly.

KateUptonsLowerBack's picture

I'm surprised nobody has mentioned the fact that this fella's last name is MEYER. Maybe he is related to URBAN. No?
Hmm...just surprised nobody brought this up yet...(oh, well, I just did I guess)

tennbuckeye19's picture

I think we were all waiting on you to bring it up :)

zacisone's picture

Off the top of my head I can't think of a BIG basketball coach with less class than this fool.

Zacisone

BrewstersMillions's picture

Even Bo Ryan thinks Tom Crean is a douche.

4-6 seconds from point A to point B and when you get to point B, be pissed off