Originally Posted by traderumor
I think this is very fair for a fan's observation. The celebration is lame, as is the separate banner for this squad. I get the comeback from the dead of the program, but who is he really wanting to memorialize? And, quite honestly, the comeback from the dead was self-inflicted from hiring Kelvin Sampson. Indiana was still relevant under Mike Davis.
For a frame of reference, Ohio State bottomed out twice recently, once when Ayers got the program in trouble, and then when O'Brien did the same. I don't recall all the drama with future success that I see out of the Indiana corner when the Bucks revived the program twice in the same time frame. Maybe a bit with Tressel in football (since OSU football and IU bball are similar in fanatacism), but then they won a NC. Honor them with what's appropriate for the accomplishments, but please quit with the "savior of the program" mentality. It's quite stomach turning.
Its hard to make a basketball to football comparison but I agree with a lot of this. While Ohio State football never saw the depths that IU basketball did the fan base's expectations are generally similar.
I've said all along that Crean cleaned out all the cupboards as a means of self preservation/promotion. While it's true Dakich had thrown some of the bad apples out already, the majority of the kids remaining could have been brought back into the fold. Crean knew that if he came back with a team of decent players(Jordan Crawford included) but produced mediocre results, it would have made for a tougher story to sell. But if he came in and completely cleaned house, he could sell the story that the early struggles were all part of the plan. Basically 6-26 with 1 scholarship player returning was an easier sell than 10-18 with 3 guys returning.
By gutting the program, he basically granted himself immunity for two years and after those two seasons, as the team was beginning to turn the corner, he landed Cody and Yogi and the rest of the recruits and got himself one more year. In the end this was all he needed.