Everything you always wanted to know about Indiana, but—well, everything I know about Indiana.
But first. . .
Ten days ago, I gave you four Big Ten coaches to keep an eye on. Since then, two of them, John Groce and Tom Crean, have been fired.
The other two? I wondered if Thad Matta might yield to chronic back troubles, and what Chris Collins would do if someone threw an insane amount of money his way.
We’ll see about Matta. But I would advise my friend, Northwestern athletic director Jim Phillips, to ask Julia Louis-Dreyfus if she’s prepared to put her checkbook where her dancing shoes are.
And now. . . what about Indiana? Because there’s trouble in Hoosierland. Again.
Indiana is a tricky place. Because a short list of the greatest basketball programs in America includes Indiana alongside Kentucky, Kansas, UCLA, North Carolina and Duke. (I won’t object if you want to include others. But these are mine.)
Here’s the thing about Indiana: Historically, it is the best basketball program in the best basketball state.
But that’s long history. In the last 30-plus years, IU has been messy.
At times, really messy. The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.