Monday, March 8, 2010
McLeod Is Gone, Intrigue Remains
So the mystery about the firing of Indiana basketball assistant coach Roshown McLeod remains.
Is there a reason to worry?
It’s too early to tell.
All we know for sure is that coach Tom Crean jettisoned McLeod just a few days before the start of the Big Ten tourney. More than likely, the Hoosiers’ season will end by the weekend. Their 10-20 record does not suggest a conference tourney title, and the automatic bid to the NCAA tourney, is imminent.
So what was so crucial that McLeod had to go now?
Crean kept things vague when discussing it during the Big Ten coaches’ teleconference.
“You can’t focus on timing,” Crean said. “You focus on what the right decision is. That’s the way that it is. That’s the decision I made. It’s all about moving the program forward. It’s about putting the program first. That’s the focus I’m going to have. Now we just do the things we need to do to continue to get better in the short term and work to improve in the long term. That’s the extent of it right now.”
Crean didn’t provide any more details on Monday night’s radio show. Basically, he said he needed to make a change, that he wasn’t going to be indecisive, that the decision had been made and that it was time to focus on the team and recruiting.
McLeod’s major roles were working with the big men and recruiting in the South and the East Coast. He had not excelled in either area.
“The bottom line with any decision is to do everything to put the program first,” Crean said. “This will help the program move forward as we get ready to compete this week.”
Maybe it was philosophical differences. Maybe McLeod wasn’t a good fit. Or, maybe, it was something to worry about.
For now, we’re once against left with spring intrigue.
When it comes to IU basketball, it seems, some things never change.