IU Insider Blog: More Crean thoughts

Here is a question for you: If the level of social media outlets that exist today had been in place 20 years ago, could Bob Knight have survived the level of noise he would have received?

Justin Albers wrote a really good column for AllHoosiers.com this week supporting the job that Tom Crean has done at Indiana.

I agreed with most everything he said. The reality is that Indiana basketball is in a lot better place than where Crean found it six years ago. Light years of difference to tell you the truth.

I understand that we live in a ‘What-have-you-done-for-me-lately?' world but c'mon now, this is silliness.

Indiana was the No. 1 ranked team in the nation for 10 weeks last year. The Hoosiers won their first outright Big Ten title since 1993. IU went to back-to-back Sweet Sixteens for the first time in 20 years.

There was a lot to feel good about with IU basketball. Then the Hoosiers ran into a difficult matchup with Syracuse and got knocked out of the tournament.

This year, with the majority of last year's team gone, IU is 10-5. Not a great record, not a bad one. But when you're relying this heavily on freshmen, I'm not sure it's all that surprising.

But people need to take a deep breath and gain a little perspective here.

Now as I write this, I couldn't help but think that this was exactly the kind of blog that would have been frowned upon by my management at the Indianapolis Star where I was employed for 22 years. Or I should say, frowned upon by management that took over early in 2013.

The feeling was that being critical would always trump out offering a voice of reason. The connotation was that you weren't being objective enough if you weren't constantly pounding away at every possible negative angle.

I just think it's the direction the business has headed in recent years. But I do think there are times, like this one, where perspective needs to win out.

This current scrutiny that Crean seems to be getting from various social media outlets got me thinking about something else, too.

If all of the various social media platforms available today existed 20 years ago, how loud would the noise have been regarding IU coach Bob Knight?

Sure, he would have had his share of supporters. Lots of them actually. But the noise from the detractors would have loud, too. Think about the negative letters to the editor that might get printed one or two at a time in the Sunday paper in the 1990s. Now, multiply that number by thousands.

The point is I believe the volume of noise we hear from social media today simply makes things appear much worse than perhaps they really are. The vocal minority cries out through social media and people begin piling on.

I'm not anti-social media by any stretch. I'm just saying things are much, much different than they were 15-20 years ago.

No surprise there by the way either.

I just hope that perspective wins out as people take a long look at the things Crean has accomplished and continues to accomplish as the Indiana basketball coach.

If you don't like it, you can always go back to the way things were in the spring of 2008.

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