Crean knows it will be hard work getting Hoosiers righted
Former Marquette coach ready to rebuild Indiana
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Passion led Tom Crean to Indiana. Success could turn him into a statewide folk hero.
The former Marquette coach jumped right into the high-stakes game of Hoosiers basketball on Wednesday, accepting the challenge of rebuilding the school’s tattered reputation and restoring its national appeal despite all the blem- ishes surrounding the program.
“This place, this university, this program, for as long as I can remember, has stood for class and integrity, doing the right thing and being the right way,” Crean said during his introductory news conference. “We’re not going to be overwhelmed by the challenges, we’re going to embrace them.”
But Crean must deal with the taint of last season when Indiana’s once-impeccable image for playing by the rules was shattered by alle- gations of Kelvin Sampson making impermissible phone calls. The NCAA accused Sampson of committing five major infractions, which led to his resignation Feb. 22.
The university’s self-imposed punishment includes the loss of one scholarship next season.
And, of course, he must win. So Indiana is giving Crean some extra time to clean up this mess.
He agreed to an eight-year deal worth $18.24 million — believed to be the largest in school history.