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Hoosiers Coach Would Prefer It If Student Section Didn’t Chant Things About Pussy

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With the great Bobby Knight’s imposing legacy still casting a shadow over the program, it is probably difficult enough trying to be the head coach of the Indiana Hoosiers basketball team without feeling that it might be necessary to address the Indiana students in attendance at Assembly Hall to implore them to stop directing vulgar chants at opposing players.

But that is precisely where Indiana head coach Tom Crean found himself last night during Indiana’s 80-68 drubbing by the Maryland Terrapins. The student section appeared to have some sort of problem with Maryland’s senior Grevis Vasquez (it might have been the 23 points he scored), because the student section began directing chants of “still a pussy” at the guard when he was taking free throws. There were also reports of the crowd shouting “Go back to Cuba!” at Vasquez, which shows Indiana fans hadn’t done their research, since Vasquez is from Venezuela.


Well, Coach Crean was going to have nothing of that. Attempting to grab a microphone – until officials reminded him that there were rules against coaches addressing fans via the P.A. system. Crean was clearly embarrassed by the actions of the Indiana faithful, and he was not afraid to express his sugar-coated displeasure after the game.

“First things first, I love our fans and I love our students,” said an animated Crean at his postgame news conference. “We come to the games and we cheer like crazy for our team and we can be obnoxious and we can be nasty and we can cheer against the other team.

“But we never use vulgarity against an opponent. That is not what happened at Indiana in the past and it’s certainly not going to happen under my watch.”

Damn straight, Coach C! Vulgarity and obnoxiousness like that have never been welcome in Assembly Hall.

Right.

Moving on, the inappropriate chants didn’t end with calling people pussies and misidentifying a player’s country of origin. Students also enjoyed chanting “USA!” whenever Jin Soo Choi, a forward from South Korea, touched the ball.

And if Crean wasn’t clear enough with his previous comments during his press conference, he reiterated the fine tradition, great students and classy behavior Indiana students have been known to exemplify:

“We have too much pride, too many great students, too many tradition-based things here for anything to turn it the other way,” Crean said. “And nobody deserves that. We have to find a way to be obnoxious without being vulgar because we are too good for that.”

Unless Crean starts delivering quality basketball, tournament berths and eventually, legitimately competing for a Big Ten title, I’m pretty sure whatever he says about anything will be falling on deaf ears.

Maryland gets past Indiana 80-68 with final flurry [Rivals]
Crean: Indiana fans crossed line with chant during Maryland game [USA Today]
Fans show support, yell profanity during white-out [Indiana Daily Student]