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VIDEO: Tom Crean to current UM, former IU coach ‘You wrecked our program’

Mar 11, 2013, 9:15 AM EDT

Tom Crean was fired up after winning the outright Big Ten title when Jordan Morgan’s tip-in rolled off the rim on Sunday night.

He shed some tears with Victor Oladipo, he hugged seemingly everyone in sight, and he didn’t hesitate to go give former Indiana assistant Jeff Meyer a piece of his mind after the game.

Meyer was an assistant on Kelvin Sampson’s staff with the Hoosiers. While he was cleared of any wrongdoing by the NCAA, he was there when Indiana couldn’t stop making phone calls to recruits. The sanctions the program received from those violations devastated Indiana basketball and played a huge part in why Crean had to essentially rebuild Indiana from the ground up.

“You  know what you did. You helped wreck our program,” Crean yelled at Meyer. Here’s the video:

The coaching staffs of Indiana and Michigan don’t get along as it is. I’m sure this will help smooth things over between them.

UPDATE: Crean called Meyer and apologized before flying home:

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  1. tomtravis76 - Mar 11, 2013 at 9:30 AM

    Could careless about either of these programs, but that is a D-bag move by Crean. If IU admin had any balls they would suspend Coach Crean for the first game of the Big Ten tourney. He needs to act like a leader for these young men, he represents the University and that is taking past dirty laundry out in a public setting and after a win. That is classless by a Head Coach to attack an assistant coach from another team. Wrong place,wrong time. He needs to be better than that when he represents a University like IU.

    Alot of these coaches are becoming a-holes, it might be because their is too much media, and its not all “real”media, but it comes with the job in todays landscape of coaching. They have to adjust, their programs are in the big business of college sports and its a fair target. They don’t get to say what media can talk about or cover.

    • rwh34 - Mar 11, 2013 at 10:59 AM

      Spoken like a true Purdue fan. What did Meyer say to him to set him off? Games like this are very emotional and players and coaches sometimes say things they wish they hadn’t . I think Tom Crean is doing a great job and is a credit to the University. The players play hard and they are graduating, at least two of the seniors will have Masters at the end of this year.

      • tomtravis76 - Mar 11, 2013 at 12:32 PM

        As a basketball/sports fan, I think IU and Crean is a great story. I hope IU can at least make it to the Final Four. The marriage connection Crean has to the best Football Coaching Family in the NFL makes for good network story telling.

        IU is clearly one of the best teams in the country. And who doesn’t enjoy watching Oladipo play the game? That guy makes the college game exciting. And Zeller plays downlow like big men should play downlow.

        But the main point is, Crean was out of line as a leader of young men. He is the HC of IU basketball, the spotlight is on him always, he needs to set an example,he needs to teach those that watch him how to be respectful with his actions, he needs to respect the game. And anything directly not related to the game on the floor needs to be taken care of behind closed doors. There is no hate for Crean, but IU and himslef should set an example that all actions have consequences, take ownership of your mistakes and learn from them.

  2. ukraiders - Mar 11, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    ^^^^^what he said. Jesus Tom get over it. IU is back. we get it. now go win something and worry about what you have been building. I hate this guy more and more. I hope he never gets anything.

    • stlouis1baseball - Mar 11, 2013 at 12:00 PM

      A Kentucky fan hoping “he never gets anything.”
      Incredibly hard to belive.

  3. cincycoltsfan - Mar 11, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    Too late ukraiders, he already won something: a B1G title. It’s interesting to see the hate on twitter for Crean. I don’t know how much of it is IU or just Crean. I get some people don’t like his sideline demeanor. I wish this incident didn’t happen and I think you don’t necessarily want to be enemies with other coaches in the league. But you don’t have to be buddies either. The guy is intense, he resurrected a program in shambles and folks who don’t like IU winning a lot of games are going to be disappointed for years to come.

    • pfitz2 - Mar 11, 2013 at 2:59 PM

      It’s not IU. It’s Crean. I always support any BIG team in the post season be in football or basketball. Not this time. Hope IU gets bounced in the first round.

  4. xli2006 - Mar 11, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    How soon some forget…

    Sampson and Staff (Jeff Meyer) basically took a historic program and drove it into the ground through mismanagement and ineptitude. Just a few years removed from a Final Four, that staff that took over and immediately allowed the Grades / Team GPA to plummet, reports of drug use on road trips, questionable recruiting targets with baggage, and then lied once caught leaving IU Fans, the new AD (Glass), and Crean to clean up the mess.

    Tom Crean had to come in and instantly assess the mess that Sampson & Meyer left while figuring out the best course of action forward. He realized it was better to completely wipe out anything they touched and started over. Crean has earned some right to be vocal about where they came from and the mess he inherited.

    A Mich coach was on BTN calling IU “soft” and “like an egg”…a few weeks ago and MSU players were calling IU players “overrated” and to “expect a bloodbath” on twitter and in interviews leading up their game. But when Tom Crean tells Jeff Meyer the obvious… is that really a problem?

    These coaches live this everyday. 3 years of an uphill climb to even reach respectability as he put the pieces back together. Tom Crean has completed one of the most impressive rebuilding jobs in modern sports and he let one of the men who was responsible for the mess he had to clean up know about it.

  5. thejjtrain - Mar 11, 2013 at 11:37 AM

    A. Meyer was dismissed of any wrongdoing
    B. Its IU’s fault for running off their greatest coach of all time, and the guy who got them to a championship game
    C. They knowingly hired Sampson after he made 577 impermissible phone calls at OU

    • indyshepherd - Mar 11, 2013 at 12:53 PM

      A. Fair enough
      B. You don’t mean Mike Davis do you? Of all-time?
      C. Can’t argue here either.

      • gostlcards5 - Mar 11, 2013 at 3:36 PM

        B. The way I read his statement….he is talking about Bob Knight AND Mike Davis.

      • indyshepherd - Mar 11, 2013 at 4:20 PM

        Woops. I didn’t realize that you were mentioning both coaches. Although I belive that the IU team that went to the Championship Game in 2002 actually consisted of Bob Knights recruiting class.

  6. stlouis1baseball - Mar 11, 2013 at 11:58 AM

    I can’t tell you how happy I am for the Seniors on this team.
    Hulls, Watford and Elston won 10 games their Freshman year. TEN. GAMES.
    Now? Big Ten Champs.
    Great job by Tom Crean building this program back up the right way.
    Olidipo is going to get his degree in 3 years. Zeller…in 2 1/2.
    Hulls and Elston are graduating with Masters degree’s.
    Equally important…they are not showing up on the police blotter reports.
    People need to look at the job Tom is doing.
    If you can’t recogize what he has done…then you aren’t being honest with yourself.

  7. jpopejoy - Mar 11, 2013 at 12:09 PM

    ^^^^^ in addition the UK coach is cheater cal. Pretty rich

    • stlouis1baseball - Mar 11, 2013 at 12:12 PM

      Yeah…the Mafia Don.

      • gostlcards5 - Mar 11, 2013 at 3:37 PM

        I have always thought of him more like a used-car salesman. (This was before he became the UK coach, by the way.)

  8. dolphins4 - Mar 11, 2013 at 12:29 PM

    Crean is an idiot to act that way.But maybe Indiana likes to hire idiot coaches who yell alot.

  9. jpopejoy - Mar 11, 2013 at 1:14 PM

    Crean has since apologized, so he did take action for his mistake. Wish he didn’t do it but this guy has been so great for the university that I’m not gonna kill him for a mistake that he’s taken responsibility for.

  10. latchbeam - Mar 11, 2013 at 3:24 PM

    Crean being his typical dbag self…

  11. gibnet - Mar 11, 2013 at 4:18 PM

    I have started to question Crean’s antics for the past few weeks. Blowing off Bo Ryan after the Wisconsin win, appearing to demonstrate to his players about taking a flob/intentional foul and yesterday’s juvenile episode. He represents an outstanding university, it doesn’t matter if Meyer made a comment prior to his verbal school yard actions — his smirck when he walked away says Jim Harbaugh, not John Harbaugh.

    • indyshepherd - Mar 11, 2013 at 4:30 PM

      Crean < Class

  12. bmosh99 - Mar 11, 2013 at 5:46 PM

    Why is he sorry, that was great!

  13. arlingtonsynn - Mar 12, 2013 at 8:46 AM

    I am torn on this.

    First, as a Hoosier, Crean did something I wanted to do in shouting at Meyer. The state of IU basketball was that bad. Losing Indiana products Greg Oden and Josh McRoberts under Davis was one thing. But the mess of Sampson, was something else.

    Had Sampson stayed, IU would have been the next UConn to miss a tourney for academic reasons (assuming he didn’t get them banned for his phone calls).

    That being said, I do agree with the posters that Crean needs to be better behaved in situations like that. For the image and for the sake of the players who truly deserve this.

  14. barnesaintnoble - Mar 18, 2013 at 5:50 PM

    Tom Crean is a good coach, that’s it. At Indiana, he has also added power hungry, arrogant and egotistical to his resume.

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