Tom Crean appeared on the final edition of his radio show for the season on Monday night, and it was quite an interesting show. If you've listened to Crean's appearances with Don Fischer in the past, you know his comments on Monday night were not the norm.
Crean was especially reflective in giving thanks to a number of parties, including those in attendance at the Holiday Inn and to Fischer himself.
“The support that all of you have shown over the years, especially the last week, I can’t tell you how much that meant to me to walk into here and see so many people being that way,” Crean said. “That gave me a huge jolt for the rest of the week. Again, it’s little things like that that make you really appreciate what people are all about and the way this place was, and the way you’ve been all year long, and the support you all show — it’s beautiful out today, but we’ve also come in here when it was zero degrees out.
“The loyalty that all of you have to Indiana basketball and what you’ve shown to the Creans and to what you’ve shown to us, that never, never goes unappreciated. I promise you. If I had a hat on, I’d take it off. My hat’s off to you. Thank you for all you do.”
It was at the very end of the show that Crean took the time to address Fischer directly.
“I’m just gonna say this: There’s a lot of great honors that you can get in any walk of life, but especially coaching basketball. Being able to partner up with you over the last seven years, being able to be in here with you this year and being here at this podium with you, I’ll put them right at the top," Crean said. "And I’m dead serious.”