Was UC dealing with sanctions when Cronin took over the program? Obviously, he was dealing with a program that was in disrepair, but I am not remembering any of the problems that IU has with NCAA.
I think Cronin has done a good job considering what he went into, but I find it hard to compare UC and IU. My guess is, all things being equal, it would be easier to recruit to IU. Being in the Big East has probably changed that somewhat for UC, but it's still the school a recruit chooses and not the league and IU has the advantage of being a pretty nice campus to recruit to. The other advantage I suppose is the perennially hapless FB program, which is second to the BB program at IU. Of course that has also been the case at UC, but the situation appears to be changing in the last couple of years.
BTW, two strong rumors around town:
1) IU is in discussions with a coach who made it to the Elite Eight (I don't know if that means he is in the final four, but my guess is no). That comes from a very reliable trustee source.
2) It's Pitino- I can't see that one myself.