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Poll: Readers favor Crean hiring

Thursday, April 17, 2008

The 2007-08 basketball season for Indiana University was one of the more difficult campaigns the Hoosiers have seen in recent years.

Toward the end of the regular season, IU parted ways with coach Kelvin Sampson as assistant coach Dan Dakich led the Hoosiers into the NCAA Tournament, only to watch the team fall in the first round.

Following the conclusion of the tournament, IU announced it had hired former Marquette coach Tom Crean to lead the Hoosiers next season.

The Brazil Times asked its readers in its latest online poll, "Were you pleased after Indiana University hired Tom Crean as its new men's head basketball coach?"

Readers were given four options to choose, including:

* Yes. He should have been hired a couple of years ago,

* IU could have found someone better,

* Not at all. This is a bad hiring, or

* It doesn't matter. I'm not an IU fan.

Of the 302 respondents to the poll, 142 (47 percent) said Crean should have been hired as opposed to Sampson.

A total of 126 online readers (41.7 percent) said they were not Indiana fans so whoever the Hoosiers hired did not matter to them while 27 readers (8.9 percent) said Indiana could have found a better coach. Seven readers (2.3 percent) said the hiring of Crean was not a good decision for IU.

Six readers also commented regarding the poll question.

One reader said, "Should have gone after Steve Alford! Now is the time for him to be at IU," while another reader said, "Great choice. It is too bad it didn't occur two years ago."

Another reader said, "Almost all IU fans have unrealistic expectations and an unreasonable and ridiculous sense of 'entitlement' anyway so no matter who is the coach, they'll never be satisfied. Crean will probably be there three or four years without much, if any, success and all those dumb fans will be hollering for him to be replaced with a 'good coach' just like they did Mike Davis. And, once it was discovered that Sampson was cheating, like they did him too."

The new Times' poll is, "Did the Clay County Political Forum help you with your voting decision?"

Readers are given three options to choose from, including:

* Yes it did. I know whom I'm voting for,

* No. I still have questions that need answers, or

* I did not attend the forum.

As always, readers have the opportunity to post comments regarding the question.



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