Indiana athletic director Fred Glass laid out keys he’s looking for in the next IU basketball coach.
Winning at a high level on a regular basis, recruiting the state and running a very clean program are among very important attributes.
Glass laid out parameters on Thursday after IU announced it had fired coach Tom Crean.
“It starts with the givens. No. 1 is to play by the rules. We don’t want anybody associated with significant NCAA infractions. We want somebody who cares about the wellness of the kids in mind, body and spirit, therefore we don’t want anybody who has shown a proclivity to be abusive or any of those situations,” Glass said.
“Academics are important, hopefully everywhere, but particularly here at Indiana, no one with significant academic issues, and then some of the fits, our culture if you will, our values, our priorities. Those are sort of the givens …
“We want somebody who can win the Big Ten and national championships, somebody who is a proven winner, somebody who is a proven recruiter, has the ability and desire to recruit the Midwest, especially in Indiana, someone who is a good tactician in the games, a developer of talent and, this is kind of an elusive phrase, a leader of men, someone the kids trust has their best interest at heart, who the kids understand can make them better.
“Those are the things I’m looking for in the next coach at Indiana.”
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Glass clearly has a grasp on the basketball talent the state of Indiana routinely produces.
He said IU is the 17th most populous state but has produced the fourth-most NBA prospects.
“To me, IU ties is a double-check plus … being from the state of Indiana is a double-check plus … collegiate head coaching experience is a plus,” Glass said.
Those are not requirements, Glass said.
“It’s an open search. I don’t have somebody in the bag,” Glass said, later adding “we don’t have a wink and nod from somebody.”
IU will not initially hire a search firm, but Glass, who will lead the search, did not rule out utilizing one if it would be helpful down the line.
Indiana has five national titles, but its last came in 1987.
Glass was asked if he felt IU was still an elite job in college basketball and if IU could become a national-contender type program once again.
“We have all the resources to get there, and I think, looking forward, could be a powerhouse to be reckoned with with the right leadership because of all those attributes we have, including resources. …
“I look forward to sitting across the table from coaches and saying, ‘Here’s what your assistant coaching pool budget is. Here’s how we travel. Here’s our commitment to recruing,’ and so forth.
“That’s why I’m confident we’ll get the attention of some first-class folks.”
Some coaches IU likely will target are currently coaching in the NCAA Tournament, or, potentially, in the NBA.
As far as salary or possible buyouts, Glass said those would not be issues.
IU coach Tom Crean was paid $3,152,867 last season, according to data compiled by USA Today, making him the ninth-highest paid coach in the nation. The highest paid for that year was Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski, at $7,299,666, per that report.
Only 11 coaches in the nation made $3 million or more, per that report. However, schools have been competitive already this coaching change season. Missouri is paying Cuonzo Martin $3 million per year, and Illinois, which has yet to hire a new coach, has floated publicly it could go to the $4 million-plus per year range.
“Resources won’t prevent us from getting who we want,” Glass said.
Indiana won’t rush the decision. The focus is making the right decision, not a quick decision.
“We’re going after people that have proven track records. … We’re going to target people and go after them,” Glass said. “They are people in successful situations … We’ll want to take the lead from them on how to approach that. That could require some patience.”
Initial public and national perception also won’t be factors.
“I’m confident we’ll get the coach we want to meet our expectations,” Glass aid. “I”m not sure Bobby Knight won the press conference when he was 31 years old coming from Army.
“Our goal is not to win the press conference. Our goal is to get the person we think can meet the very clear expectations we’ve set forth building on the resources and the natural attributes we have here.”