That said, Crean inherited a mess at Indiana that was just one step better than how Robert Swift left his McMansion in Seattle to the new owners before being evicted.
Here was Crean on a recent interview on "The Sports Reporters" with me and Gary Williams in ESPN980 in Washington, D.C. Basically, he walked into an academic shitstorm on top of the sanctions and the exodus of talent.
If you want the full context of his remarks, you can listen to the long version below.
Gary himself knows all about rebuilding a program from scratch. He took over at Maryland following the probation imposed by Bob Wade's reign of error. Three years probation, two years of post-season ban, and even one year OFF TELEVISION!
You'll never see that last part again, given how beholden schools, conferences, and the NCAA is to lucrative TV dollars.
So if you see the above clip and think Crean is some fanatical grudge-holding dickhead, well, just know that there is of course, more to the story for those who aren't hard core hoops fans and don't know how far Indiana had fallen.