The Indiana basketball program has been experiencing a rapid downward spiral ever since the “resignation” of Kelvin Sampson. The Hoosiers lost four of their last seven games under Dan Dakich and were put out in the first round by Arkansas despite having one of the best combinations in D.J. White and Eric Gordon. Things haven’t gotten any better in the offseason. D.J. White and Lance Stemler are graduating seniors, Eric Gordon will announce his plans to go to NBA shortly, and Dakich recently kicked Armon Bassett and Jamarcus Ellis off the team for skipping a mandatory meeting. Will the bleeding ever end? When will Hoosier basketball once again rise to prominence and contend for a national championship on a yearly basis? It has been too long.
Enter Tom Crean. It was confirmed today that Tom Crean has been hired as the next coach at Indiana. Considering Crean’s success at Marquette, I think this is an excellent move. Not only does Crean bring a track record of success, he also brings a measure to class and integrity to a program searching for answers and credibility. Will Ebanks still go elsewhere? Probably. Can Crean recruit? Look at some of his recent players such as Dominic James (an Indiana product) and D-Wade. How long will it be until Indiana challenges for another national championship? Who knows. However, hiring Tom Crean is certainly a step in the right direction.