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NCAA Basketball

Tom Crean Yelled In A Michigan Assistant’s Face After Winning The Big Ten Title Because He Wants Us To Hate Him

The Indiana Hoosiers are outright Big Ten champions, thanks to Michigan sticking its fingers down its throat and projectile-vomiting the title to the Hoosiers in the final few minutes of last night’s game. I, like most Wolverines fans, missed the drama after the game, though, too busy sagging back in the bleachers, head buried in my chest in disconsolate bewilderment.

During the postgame handshake, Indiana coach Tom Crean got in Michigan assistant Jeff Meyer’s face and yelled, “You know what you did! You helped wreck the program!”

Meyer was an assistant at Indiana under the Kelvin Sampson regime that set Indiana basketball back a few years with an embarrassing recruiting scandal. Meyer was cleared of all major violations, but he wasn’t cleared of some minor ones and Crean obviously knows more about any possible Meyer wrongdoings than I would.

Sources message-board commenters say that Meyer told Crean to “f-off” before the exchange, so that would make this a bit more understandable. But still, it’s clearly a classless move after you literally JUST won the best damn conference in college basketball in the closing seconds of the final game of the year in heartbreaking fashion, when the other team is miserable. And if Jeff Meyer knew what Jeff Meyer did, you don’t need to tell Jeff Meyer what Jeff Meyer did over half a decade ago when you just beat him for the second straight time and ruined his own B1G title hopes.

Tom Crean is unfamiliar with the high road or the ground-level road. Tom Crean only travels via underground subway.

Crean is obviously an incredible coach, but he seems to be going down that Belichickian road of tastelessness that will make his own school adore him, and everyone else despise him. We will soon be analyzing even his insignificant actions, because we’ll all hate him. That Harbaugh handshake intensity is rubbing off on this Harbaugh-in-law, for sure.

As a bitter Michigan fan, I will simply point out that for now, Tom Crean is the third-best coach at the holiday dinner table. And the second-best Tom Crean, for eternity. Seriously, Tom Crean could go down as the best coach of all-time, for all I care, but he will never surpass Tom Crean, Irish seaman and Antarctic explorer.

[SB Nation]

  • Anonymous

    You could have started with “As a bitter Michigan fan…” and it would have saved a lot of people the time and effort of listening to your whining.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mattrud Matt Rudnitsky

    There’s a Hoosier that didn’t read the second sentence, I see…

  • Anonymous

    There’s a subtle difference between a Wolverine fan who can react objectively to a game, and another one who bitches and moans after the game didn’t go his team’s way.

    You clarified which one you were on the final paragraph.

    Good luck against Penn State on Thursday.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mattrud Matt Rudnitsky

    I think Crean made a classless move and that we choked away the game. In the last paragraph, I made jokes about Tom Crean because I’m sad. I like to joke when I’m sad. I don’t get what your objection is.

    Good luck in the tourney(s) to you guys, too.

  • Jon

    Yeah, that’s a drag. I’m an IU fan, and even if he did have a legitimate beef…it was certainly not the time to address it. If IU stays on top, I have no doubt that people, especially Michigan fans, will harbor that grudge for a loooooooong time. I can’t say I blame them either. It was a tough loss in every way imaginable, and that just made him look like a d#ck. Hopefully he wont turn into a Belichick…I effing hate the Pats. Regardless, I don’t think any IU fan would deny that Michigan is an incredible team that we do NOT want to play in the tournament if possible. Good luck to you all…

  • http://www.facebook.com/mattrud Matt Rudnitsky

    Well said

  • Robert Weber

    Hoosiers fan here and I’d just like to apologize for the actions of our Coach… again… year after year… coach after coach. I am so tired of having a leader who is led by his emotions. It is not widely recognized outside Hoosier country, but Bob Knight split the IU fanbase with his despicable behavior. He was not beloved by all IU fans, by any stretch. I had hoped that Crean would bring us all together in a way not seen in 40 years, and he did for awhile. Then he goes and pulls this stunt. Sheesh… Please let it be known that this behavior is not condoned by most Indiana fans. Certainly, the loudmouth message board trolls would have you believe differently. Please don’t.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=6820833 Christian Archer

    I kinda get the author’s point but I feel like that ‘exchange’ (whether it was predicated with the obscenity or not) wasn’t a Tom Crean v Michigan thing. It was a current Indiana Head Coach v past Indiana Assistant thing. Personally, I’m inclined to think it did begin with the aforementioned obscenity because there was no such exchange after the last IU/Michigan game. As for it being classless? Uhh, I don’t think so. It wasn’t derogatory toward the Univ of Mich, it’s players or it’s fans. The head coach, who rebuilt a program that an assistant helped destroy, spoke to him with the fire and emotion anyone (who knows of the situation) would expect.

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