Feb. 25, 2009
Bloomington, Indiana -
Indiana University men's basketball coach Tom Crean has announced that second-year manager Mike Santa will suit up for the Hoosiers for the remainder of the season. Santa is a 5-9 guard who played at Huntington North High School in Huntington, Indiana.
He will wear #1.
Coach Crean on Mike Santa:
"He brings a lot to the table on a daily basis. This is part of what makes Indiana special. You look at what these managers are doing throughout the country. I learned so much about that at the reunion. It is a special deal to be a manager here. Those guys come out here and they work. We hold them to a pretty high standard. Those guys come in and make it more competitive for our guys. They try and help provide that. I didn't do this as a reward. That is what I want us to be about. That is the kind of toughness and spirit and do anything he can possibly do. He didn't know until yesterday he was going to do this. And I didn't know until Monday. We have great kids in there. Those managers are great kids."