I really don’t want to talk about Tom Crean anymore. I really don’t. But when he makes stupid quotes like the one he made last night at an Indiana tailgate event at Lucas Oil Stadium, I kinda have to.
Most coaches want their fans to be passionate. Passionate, but classy and gracious to visiting fans. Last night, Crean made it clear that he wants his fans to be rude, rowdy and boarder-line violent:
Some people say our place wasn’t friendly. If that changes, give your tickets up. Give them to somebody that’s crazy. We want to have the toughest, most obnoxious crowds in Indiana history and I’m looking at the people that are going to do it.
If Hoosier fans weren’t already psycho enough, they are now being encouraged to be more Charles Manson psycho. This is why Tom Crean doesn’t want to play anywhere else other than Bloomington. His team’s biggest weapon isn’t their talent or his coaching, it’s the nut house that he calls Assembly Hall.
Coach Cal is always saying about Kentucky fans, “You people are crazy”, but he says it in a loving way and it is more of a comment abut how we show up to everything in large numbers and how we know every inch of the game. Crean wants his fans to literally be crazy.
This is reason number 100 that I am glad this series is at an end. Tom Crean is the main villain at the head of the burgeoning worst fan base in the country. Watch out WVU, the Hoosiers are coming for your title.