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Good for a laugh


If you didn't already know and love Mark Titus, here's what he had to say in his B10 preview for Grantland:

'Coach on the Hot Seat — Tom Crean (Indiana)

There are two trains of thought among Indiana fans when it comes to college basketball's creepy uncle. The first group suffers from Scott Drew syndrome. They're willing to give Crean a pass on all sorts of bad decisions, including the Syracuse zone debacle and keeping two top-five lottery picks on the bench at the same time during big games, because he took over a proud program and turned it into a preseason no. 1 team in just a handful of years. They're convinced that no other coach could've pulled that off, as if getting Cody Zeller to commit to one of the top five all-time programs that's also close to home was some miracle. These fans are typically either young and therefore don't fully understand the power of Indiana's history, or they're just so starved for success that back-to-back Sweet 16s are enough to make them giddy.

More sensible fans, however, realize that Indiana will almost certainly never return to its former glory as long as Crean is at the helm. Scott Drew is great for Baylor. He has done wonders to turn that program around after the Patrick Dennehy murder and ensuing scandal. Baylor was never really that great to begin with, so Drew taking over that mess AND leading the Bears to heights they haven't seen in 60 years should be enough to buy him job security for life in Waco. But Indiana isn't Baylor. Putting the car in the right direction isn't good enough at IU. You have to lock your eyes on the finish line, put the pedal to the metal, and run over anybody who gets in the way. For a fan base that likes to taunt Purdue fans about "banners" so much, it's bizarre that some Indiana fans have been willing to accept the best Hoosiers team in 20 years coming four wins short of hanging a sixth banner in Assembly Hall. If nothing else, the contentedness of Marquette fans after Crean left should tell you something. Crean becoming a national punch line among college basketball fans should tell you something. That Crean was not with Zeller and Victor Oladipo on draft night should tell you something. And Tom Izzo being the only guy in college basketball who seems to have good things to say about Crean should tell you something.'

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