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|Tom Crean took over a Hoosiers team in 2008 that was in total disarray.|
Crean has termed the post-Kelvin Sampson mess "an athletic disaster'' and "a greater challenge than I'd ever imagined.'' Hoosiers athletic director Fred Glass called it "the equivalent of a death penalty in basketball.''
When Crean arrived in 2008, he inherited a program infected by drugs and unbothered by academic achievement. "Nineteen Fs,'' he said. "Drug counselors. If we'd taken short cuts on the drug and academic issues, we'd be sitting here just fine right now, believe me.''
As it was, Crean purged the program of anyone tainted. When he finished, he had one returning scholarship player. "Our first semester here, the basketball program had its lowest grade-point average in school history,'' said Crean. Last term, 10 players had GPAs of 3.0 or better.