Posted March 11, 2013

This Week In Meltdowns: Tom Crean Confronts Former Assistant Jeff Meyer (Video)

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Tom Crean apologized for his heated exchange with former Hoosier assistant Jeff Meyer. (AJ Mast/Icon SMI)

Tom Crean apologized for his heated exchange with former Hoosier assistant Jeff Meyer. (AJ Mast/Icon SMI)

Indiana basketball is back on top, a point Tom Crean wanted to make sure Michigan assistant and former Hoosiers assistant Jeff Meyer noted.

After Indiana narrowly defeated Michigan 72-71 Sunday night to claim its first outright Big Ten championship since 1993, the Hoosiers coach confronted Meyer, who served under former Indiana head coach Kelvin Sampson.

“You know what you did,” Crean told Meyer after spotting him and walking up to him at midcourt after the game. “You helped wreck the program. You helped wreck our program.”

An Indiana staff member then escorted Crean away from Meyer and off the court.

The NCAA found Sampson guilty of making 550 impermissible phone calls while head coach of Oklahoma and then said he and his staff violated the recruiting restrictions imposed for the impermissible calls and lied to the NCAA while Sampson was head coach of Indiana. He was forced to resign in May 2008, and the NCAA handed Indiana three years of probation. The NCAA cleared Meyer of any wrongdoing, though Crean clearly still had some frustration with the assistant coach.

The Hoosiers suffered losing seasons during each of the three years of probation, Crean’s first three years as head coach.

Crean later apologized to Meyer over the phone for “the professional misunderstanding” and said on the Big Ten coaches teleconference Monday that he wished the confrontation hadn’t happened.

14 comments
joeshine730
joeshine730

Crean had a chance to win with class and Crean goes Bob Knight on the Michigan Assistant. Idiot.

PWINGS
PWINGS

Crean is overlooking a small fact. If Sampson had played by the rules and been a competent coach, he'd still BE the coach @ IU and Crean would still be the coach @ Marquette. Sampson'screwup made Crean's hiring possible / necessary. So what's Crean complaining about? Honestly?

6marK6
6marK6

I understand where Crean is coming from. Don't have a problem with what he said.

Cool
Cool

That was certainly embarrassing for him and Indiana.  

btw, who is the intern who thought changing the color scheme on this site was a good idea?  Do they find it fun to make it impossible to read the post?  

Stiffler1414
Stiffler1414

Well, he is part of the Harbaugh family.  If they are good at anything it is whining.

Lars
Lars

College Basketball mostly sucks.

Too many idiot coaches like Tom Crean.

Too many imbecile fans.

JasonMacBride
JasonMacBride

That little temper tantrum by Crean accomplished what?

Wisconsin Death Trip
Wisconsin Death Trip

"Mean" Crean is a complete DlCKhead...I'm glad he left Marquette. He's a poor excuse for a coach. Then again, Indiana is the perfect place for him considering the OTHER loud mouth that use to roam the floor there.

JasonMacBride
JasonMacBride

@Cool Looks like something an 8th grade art class would come up with, doesn't it. 

nature boy ric f.
nature boy ric f.

@Wisconsin Death Trip Oh you mean the OTHER loud mouth coach that won over 900 games, 11 big ten titles, 3 NCAA championships and was recognized as national coach of the year four times?  Long live the General!