Crean apologizes to Michigan coach
by Nicole Auerbach, USA TODAY Sports
Indiana coach Tom Crean said Monday he apologized to former Hoosiers assistant coach Jeff Meyer after a heated on-court confrontation that Crean later called a “professional misunderstanding.”
Video surfaced late Sunday night of Crean striding across the court after Indiana’s win at Michigan, finding Meyer, a current Michigan assistant, near midcourt and berating him.
“You know what you did,” Crean said, according to video footage obtained by WRTV-6. “You know what you did. You helped wreck the program. You helped wreck our program.”
Later that night, cooler heads prevailed. Crean said he called Meyer before he flew back to Bloomington to apologize.
“I talked to him on the telephone, and we discussed a couple of things,” Crean said Monday on the Big Ten weekly teleconference. “I apologized for that, and in retrospect, wish I never would have addressed anything in the heat of battle after a game.”
Some background on the “wrecking the program” line:
Meyer was cleared by the NCAA of involvement in the school’s “major” recruiting violations. His violations were deemed “secondary” and he was not punished.
Crean, who was hired in April 2008, coached the Hoosiers throughout all of the sanctions. By beating Michigan on Sunday, Indiana won its first outright Big Ten regular-season championship since 1993.