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St. Louis completes coaching staff by adding Calbert Cheaney

Aug 21, 2013, 2:16 PM EDT


Calbert Cheaney spent the past two years working as the Director of Basketball Operations for Indiana, the University where he was made three straight all-america teams before launching on a 13-year NBA career.

But Cheaney, a Hoosier legend, has moved on, accepting a job with St. Louis as the third assistant coach on Jim Crews’ staff.

“I have had a great appreciation for Calbert as a player and person ever since I met him during his sophomore year in high school,” Crews said in a statement released by the school. “He is of high character and has a great combination of work habits and work ethic. Calbert is very good at transferring his knowledge to the players he coaches, and he will fit in well with our coaching staff and players. We are excited to welcome him into the program.”

“I have known Jim Crews for a long time, and I’m eager to work with him and the rest of the SLU staff,” Cheaney said. “This is a great coaching situation to step into, and I look forward to adding to SLU’s recent success. I appreciate the SLU department of athletics welcoming my family into theirs.

“It is bittersweet to leave Indiana. Learning and building relationships with Coach Crean, the IU staff and the players was an unbelievable experience. I wouldn’t trade it for the world.”

The position came available when Jim Whitesell left the Billikens for St. John’s.

  1. stlouis1baseball - Aug 21, 2013 at 4:13 PM

    Wow…didn’t see this one coming. Really kind of hard to believe he left Bloomington.
    I mean sure…Jim Crews in a former Hoosier player and assistant Coach.
    But I am sorry to see Calbert leave. IU’s loss is the Billikens gain.

    • bigmeechy74 - Aug 21, 2013 at 10:12 PM

      If you had to be around that d-bag crean you’d probably exit too. Who could blame him

      • stlouis1baseball - Aug 22, 2013 at 11:04 AM

        D-bag? Lol! Really? Come on Meech…don’t jump on that train. He has flat out turned the program around. Based upon your comment…I understand him turning the program around bothers you. Anywho…yeah…real surprised Calbert left.
        Had a nice position within the program, an all-time Hoosier great. Living within an hours drive from Bloomington…I would have thought I would have heard something.

      • bigmeechy74 - Aug 22, 2013 at 12:21 PM

        I never said he wasn’t a good coach. That doesn’t mean he has a pleasant personality. Did you see him after the Michigan win? Also have you looked at his twitter account? Absolutely insufferable.

      • stlouis1baseball - Aug 22, 2013 at 1:57 PM

        Dudes a consummate salesman. I am not going to through stones at him based upon the way he responds to big wins. He has brought this program from the cellar. Naturally, he feels a huge sense of relief (and vidication) at this point. Especially with the expectations that come with being the Indiana University basketball coach. I can only assume his consistent use of scripture is what you are referring to with regards to twitter. Amirite?

      • bigmeechy74 - Aug 23, 2013 at 8:48 AM

        Let me explain that I was a casual fan of Indiana and I WANTED them to get good again. Then I realized after a while that I can’t stand that guy. In fact, he’s probably the only coach in basketball that gets under my skin. I can’t think of another one. I even prefer the slimy Calipari over him. And yes I find the scripture thing annoying and quite telling. It’s been my experience that the more someone talks about god the more full of s**t they are

      • stlouis1baseball - Aug 23, 2013 at 5:08 PM

        So it’s his religious belief’s then. I called it. But I do appreciate your honesty.

      • bigmeechy74 - Aug 26, 2013 at 10:26 AM

        Ha it’s not about the belief as much as it is his need to broadcast it. I find it obnoxious. And I find it completely disingenuous. I’m serious when I said about 9 times out of 10 when people go overboard with the religious thing then they either have something to hide or they are just complete jerks. And judging by his behavior I’m gonna guess it’s the latter.

  2. baseballbarrister - Aug 21, 2013 at 11:30 PM

    Great news for a tremendously likable program.

  3. dj8705 - Aug 22, 2013 at 11:14 AM

    As a Billiken fan, I am very excited about this hire. Everything I’ve heard about Cheaney makes him sound like a great person and I think he will excel as an assistant coach. I understand IU fans are upset that he left because he is a Hoosier legend, but you have to understand that he was the DBO at IU and this was a step up to an assistant coaching job. You can’t blame a guy for taking a promotion that will further his career goals.

    • stlouis1baseball - Aug 22, 2013 at 12:15 PM

      I hear you DJ. And with Crews being an IU Alum…there is that natural connection as well.
      My guess…he wasn’t offered an assistants position in Bloomington so he bolted for St. Louis.
      I am happy for you guys. I have always like Jim Crews.

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