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IU fans must be sick. They had one season in which to end their drought, and they didn't even come close. How long do you guys give Crean? Other than being a really creepy guy, he doesn't appear to be much of a coach. IU deserves better.
Are you referring to a national championship drought? Because although Crean hasn't done that yet, he has again placed IU as one of the elite programs in the country, which it hasn't been since Knight was fired. They won the Big 10 title for the first time in 20 years. IU has a top recruiting class coming in next year. And Crean will continue to bring in top recruiting classes. Considering where the program was 5 years ago, I don't know how IU fans could be anything be enthusiastic.
Hopefully he develops fast, otherwise he might end up washing out before he gets a real chance.
A perennial Sweet 16 program in a position to bring in Top Ten rated recruited classes, and actually accomplishing such, qualifies as an Elite program.
As of now, FCC, LaSalle and Oregon haven't. That is the difference.
After falling short of the Sweet 16, Is UNC no longer an Elite Program? A rational thinking College CBB fan will say "yes".
It's a lot like we mentioned with the Reds for years, if everything has to go exactly right in one year, you've probably got a bad plan. What a program needs to do is replenish its talent with a consistent run of 4-5-6 man classes. Some of the talent will not work out, some of the talent will skip to the NBA after a year or 2 or 3 and some of it will develop over the course of 4 years.
Then it all comes down to how well each group meshes together and of course a little luck.
IU may have tough sledding next season. Losing Hulls, Oladipo, Zeller and Watford is going to be a tough task to overcome. The only guy currently on their roster who has a chance at becoming a B1G award winner next season is Ferrell.
Next year's team will not be as good as this year's was, but they still have a good chance to be very good. Sheehey will be an above average starter. They have a 6'9" freshman coming in that is a projected 2014 lottery pick. And they have 2 other 6'8" guys who were top 40 recruits last year. They will need contributions from somewhat unknown commodities, but the talent is there. They won't be as good as OSU or MSU, but those two teams could easily be top 5.
And next year will be a new challenge. Replacing 4 different 1,000 point scorers will require a lot of people to perform more consistently. But I'm still not sure why that means the window was one year. If they don't continue to improve next year, the programs' slated to go down hill forever?