Feb. 9, 2009
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -
Indiana head coach Tom Crean met with members of the media on Monday to discuss Tuesday's game at Minnesota among other topics. Below is a partial transcript from today's media availability as well as a link to the full audio.
Crean and Dumes Audio
Indiana head coach Tom Crean
On what will be used to determine the length of the suspension:
"It will be internal, I will deal with our athletics director Fred Glass, I've certainly had contact with Commissioner Delany and then it will just be from there."
On whether he saw anything going on leading up to it:
"There's a couple things. I think you have to remember that this is a parent right here. This young man has an eight-month old daughter, so there's always things that go into life. But I mean again, we aren't trying to belabor that, no body is trying to make an excuse for the action. I mean I did not see a couple of the incidents in the game, and even when they went back and saw the action, I was not informed of that. Coach Izzo was. I can't answer as to why I was not told at that point, I know that they didn't see something on the replay when they went back to look at it initially, but I did not see that until I got home. I didn't even see it on the copy of my tape that I was watching on the way home, but I did see it when I got home. And so to me, at that point there was no debate. We are not going to do that, that's not what we teach, that's not what I want anyone to be here, that's not what he's about. That's the bottom line with all of that and we made a decision and we are moving from there."
On how this can be used as a learning experience:
"I think it's very important, and again - he is a parent. And as I said to him yesterday, all of you who are parents know what I am talking about - when a child is born it is no longer all about you. I mean there is nothing that is about you any more, and it all revolves around what you do for your children. He could walk out of here tonight and I would want him to have the most productive life he could have anywhere. And I hope he doesn't walk out of here tonight - that's not what I'm saying - but at the end of everyday, as a coach, at least the way I feel, and our staff feels, we have to do everything that we can do to help them understand what being a man is all about. It's not saying that they don't come in that way, but it is our job to help make them men. They are rarely going to like it and they are rarely going to understand it.
"Doug Collins had a great saying, and I don't know if I totally believe it, but it's pretty close. He said "I don't care if you don't like me when you're with me. I only care that you love me when you're gone." That sounds kind of corny but that's what coaching is about, and if you've got a team that is happy with you everyday, then you aren't pushing them very hard. But at the same time you have got to help them stay accountable for what is real, and this was real.
"There is also a fine line, and I don't want us to become passive, sit back, let things happen to us type of team, and we just have to keep coaching that. This is an unbelievable time for our players and program to learn some things right now. But the bottom line is we've got to go play, I don't know if they were ranked today but every good team that was ranked yesterday, in one of the toughest arenas in the country. We are going up there without our leading scorer and one of our primary ball handlers - one of the guys that attacks and puts pressure on zones and arguably our best on ball defender. So that's not a happy thing either. I hate when a decision affects a lot more than the person involved, and that's what this does, this affects everyone in the program - because good, bad or indifferent, this is a guy who is our leading scorer and he does a lot of good things, I can't make it any clearer than that."
On how it will affect the team against Minnesota
Well we will put Matt Roth or Malik Story in there, which shortens our bench, there is no doubt about that, but it's already been a relatively short bench. We are not going up frustrated and we aren't going up angry, we are going up to compete and that's all I'm really concerned about when it comes to the game, and going in there with a game plan that they can follow and do our best with it."
On how Minnesota is playing now as opposed to when the two teams met earlier this season:
"They are a different team at home because they play so fast at home and I think that is the biggest difference. I haven't been there (Williams Arena) in a long time but it is such a hard crowd - they are really into it and they love their team. And that's what is great about this league - when you've got so many great on-campus arenas teams have so many great rivalries. But they are going to be hungry, they are coming off a tough week and I think they rebounded very well when they went to Ohio State. Everything is going to turn up a little bit more. We've got a player that gets quite a bit done for us that won't be in the lineup so everyone has got to handle it that much more."
On whether one player will have to step up in Devan Dumes absence:
Well, I will say this, we need to handle the ball better, there's no question. Even when you go on the road I wouldn't put it all on one person. But when you go on the road you really need to be able to get things done, in a sense of taking care of the ball, having stability, getting your team into offense, settling them down, and getting them back on defense. I mean we prepared hard to deal with the Michigan State break and this will be a very strong break, especially at home right now. It has to be a team effort, there is no way around that."
Indiana junior guard Devan Dumes
On what happened during the game that might have led to this:
"I don't really want to pinpoint anything, we can't go back and fix it so, it was pretty much a mistake on my behalf and I take responsibility."
On who he has reached out to for advice during this:
"I talked to my brother, he practically raised me, I talked to him and I talked to my trainer who is my cousin, and I've also talked to coach numerous times and they've helped me get through it."
On what they have been telling him to help him out:
"They are telling me that everyone makes mistakes, you have to learn from it and get through it, and if you don't learn from it then you can't capitalize on your mistake and you start from the same position."