Crean Delivers Lecture at IU Auditorium
Oct. 6, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana University men's basketball head coach Tom Crean spoke to crowd of students and members of the community Monday evening at the IU Auditorium. The lecture was presented by Union Board and co-sponsored by the Council for Advancing Student Leadership, the Center for Student Leadership Development, IU Auditorium and the Indiana Department of Athletics.
Andrew Dahlen, Union Board Director for Lectures in 2008, introduced Crean to a standing ovation from the crowd as the "Indiana, Our Indiana" was played. Crean went on to talk to the crowd for over 45 minutes before opening up the event to questions from those in attendance.
Crean began his lecture by saying that IU basketball is something that all students will remember for many years after they graduate. He then went on to talk about how his interest in Indiana basketball was sparked at the age of 10 when he saw guys like Scott May and Quinn Buckner play on television and he also remembered seeing the famous candy stripped pants the players wear in warm-up. He then went on to talk about how he wants Assembly Hall to continue to be an intimidating place for opponents to play this season.
Towards the end of his talk, Crean addressed some things that he looks for in recruits and for what he asks of anyone that wants to be associated with Indiana basketball before opening it up for questions. He went on to field nearly 20 questions when it was all said and done, ranging from what his favorite Indiana basketball game is to what other coaches in the conference he is looking forward to coaching against. He was also asked on a couple of occasions about the student involvement at games and about recruiting in-state and out of state.
Crean also stated that student involvement will be instrumental to keeping the home court advantage at Assembly Hall. Student tickets are still available and can be purchased by visiting IUHoosiers.com or by calling 866-IUSPORTS. Following the question and answer session, Crean signed autographs in the lobby of the auditorium for all those interested.
On Tuesday, Crean will be at the Hoosier Den in the Foster Quad on campus for "Chalk Talk" starting at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
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