The drama surrounding the Indiana men's basketball program after a disappointing 18-16 season will continue today.
Will there be a vote of confidence and status quo affirmation from Director of Athletics Fred Glass for current coach Tom Crean, or will the school move in a different direction?
Such decisions often become public the day after a season is complete but yesterday came and went without news following Indiana's first round exit in the National Invitation Tournament.
Tom Crean was defiant about the question after the 75-63 loss at Georgia Tech on Tuesday night.
“The program is in great shape," Crean said. "The team needs to get better. I don’t think you win two (Big Ten) championships in four years if the program isn't in great shape.”
The controversy has become a national story, especially after Crean's name came up in newspaper reports as a candidate for the Missouri coaching position. Yesterday that position was filled by former California coach Cuonzo Martin, a former Purdue player who once coached Missouri State and grew up in East St. Louis, Illinois.
Now that the season and the Missouri side story is behind us, will we find out today? Logic would say yes although tomorrow is still a working day and today is complicated for the athletic department by the fact the women's basketball team is hosting a WNIT game this evening against in-state rival Ball State.
The drama prompted a tweet yesterday from Indiana alum and billionaire Dallas Mavericks owner Marc Cuban.
Former Hoosier Cody Zeller of the Charlotte Hornets was asked about the story yesterday in a local radio (ESPN 730 AM) interview:
“I don’t know how much of that is true," Zeller said. "I am still close to coach Crean and some of that coaching staff because of my two years there and I know the Indiana fans are tough. They expect to compete for a Final Four or National Championship every year and I understand why a lot of the fans would be upset.”
As you might expect, the controversy has been a heated topic online. This premium board thread started just yesterday by our Jeff Rabjohns is now approaching 150,000 page views.