Saturday, March 13, 2010
Mystery Solved? -- McLeod Talks
At last, the mystery is solved. At last Roshown McLeod speaks and we have understanding, clarity and resolution in the Indiana assistant basketball coach’s sudden firing.
Or do we?
According to Dustin Dopirak from the Bloomington Herald-Times, here is McLeod’s long-awaited statement regarding his dismissal:
“I greatly appreciate the opportunity afforded me by Indiana University. It gave me the chance to work with some amazing student athletes over the last two years. I wish the best for IU as they move forward.”
What? You were expecting Housewives of New Jersey dirt?
You spend basically a week coming up with a statement, courtesy of a Philadelphia public relations company called Amira Shiraz, Inc., and that’s the best you can do? Come on. McLeod apparently didn’t have time to include a desire for world peace and a booming economy.
If you’re looking for deeper meaning, consider that McLeod’s statement never included any of the IU coaches or administrators with that “amazing” tag. Okay, it’s not much of a deeper meaning, but work with us here.
Consider that coach Tom Crean, while also being vague, has said the qualities he wants in a new coach include “pulling in the same direction, trust, loyalty.” One can assume Crean perceived those attributes to be lacking from McLeod.
Yes, we know the dangers of assuming, but again, work with us here.
It would have been a lot more fun if Crean and McLeod would have verbally gone toe to toe (He said WHAT? He did this to WHOM and for HOW LONG?), but that would not have been in either’s best interest. McLeod has to move on with his life and career. Crean has to get the IU program back to championship-winning ways. He needs to find a new assistant coach and whether the new guy has a Hoosier connection (can you say Dane Fife, Tom Coverdale, Michael Lewis, Calbert Cheaney –- hey, don’t you love it when we toss out names) or not, he needs to be the right fit for Crean and the university.
And, if Crean REALLY wants to make a stir, the new coach doesn’t have to be a guy at all.