Originally Posted by traderumor
First off, the incident after the UM game was very, very bad, shrug your shoulders if you like, but that was grave dancing and it is never appropriate and should have received a reprimand for doing so publicly. His team had just won a championship, and he goes after an assistant coach to essentially say, "suck it buddy" when he should have been celebrating with his players that he just loves so much. But what is he doing? Self-promoting by taking digs at others.
He also has made accusations of Matta and his assistant's recruiting practices, as well as other programs. I wasn't even referring to his sore loser handshake. Maybe that's no big deal to you and "only two incidents," but it makes me wonder what the magic number for incidents is in Hoosier land. Is it one for each conference team?
Couple that with the grandstanding, and you have a loose cannon that happens to not be quite so politically incorrect as another former Indiana coach, but no less offensive and dangerous. Honestly, if you like that he has brought a championship and that's good enough for you, that is telling as well.
You're right, the personality quirks were brought up by Bucksfan who's never seen the coach of a big time program run up and down the sidelines like Crean does.
I'm not trying to minimize anything. The stuff after the Michigan game was a bad moment, no doubt. But when he privately and publicly apologizes, it seems a bit silly to continue rail on it.
Anyways the specific incidents you are bringing up are all basically personal disagreements between Crean and the other coaches that should not be handled in public, but were and the most recent episode he apologized for. The "allegations about Matta and his assistants" was nothing more than speculation about a semi-cryptic tweet from two years ago. *If you have more details about the story than I do, please share.*
Now, do I like the coach getting in these petty arguments? No, of course not. But does that make him offensive
But to be perfectly clear, I'm not defending Crean because he's winning in this situation. I am defending him from the accusation of being offensive and dangerous because each issue is basically a personal disagreement with some specific coaches and I don't know enough about the details to say that he's in the wrong.
Maybe I just don't know enough so feel free to educate me.