Wisconsin’s run to the Big Ten regular season andtournament titles was made significantly easier this season by Indiana’scollapse down the stretch.It won’t happen again next year.The turmoil that plagued IU, starting with theresignation of coach Kelvin Sampson, might finally have come to end for theHoosiers this week, courtesy of a man that Wisconsin fans are pretty familiarwith.Tom Crean, formerly the head coach at Marquette, washired by Indiana University to take over a basketball program that went fromFinal Four contender to total disarray almost overnight.At the very least, Crean’s presence should bringstability to a program that is desperately in need of it.His 3-6 career record against the Badgers might notindicate it, but Tom Crean was trouble enough for Wisconsin when it had to playhis Marquette squad once a season. Now, UW will have to match up with Creantwice as often.The impact of Crean at Indiana might not make a differencein Wisconsin’s win/loss record right away, though. IU could be facing asignificant punishment from the NCAA in response to Sampson’s transgressions,and the Hoosiers may not return a single starter next season. Barring a majorchange, next year should be an ugly one in Bloomington.In fact, the biggest threat the Crean-led Hoosiers poseto the Badgers next year isn’t on the court, but on the recruiting trail.For years Crean has competed with Wisconsin for the toprecruits from the area and has done a pretty good job of landing some of thestate’s top talent.Now, he moves to a school with even more cache then hisold one and will have the advantage of calling the basketball-rich state ofIndiana home, in addition to the solid base he already has in Wisconsin.The addition of Crean boosts the overall coaching poolof the Big Ten as well, and as newly hired coaches continue to get comfortable,things can only get harder for the Badgers.Crean comes in with experience of coaching — and winning— in a power conference. After Marquette left Conference USA in 2005 to jointhe talent-laden Big East, the Golden Eagles were still able to produce 20-pluswins in each of their first three seasons and consistently finished in theconference’s top tier.In 2003, Crean, with the help of Dwyane Wade, tookMarquette to the tournament’s semi-finals. He now joins Tom Izzo, Thad Matta,Tubby Smith and Bruce Weber as the fifth coach currently in the Big Ten to haveguided his team to the Final Four. With five coaches having accomplished thefeat, the league now has more guys to have done it than any other conference inthe country.Keep in mind that the list doesn’t include Bo Ryan orMichigan’s Jon Beilein, who have both advanced as far as the Elite Eight.In fact, only Penn State’s Ed DeChellis andNorthwestern’s Bill Carmody haven’t reached the Sweet 16 as a head coach.By the time Crean — along with last year’s hirees TubbySmith (Minnesota), Jon Beilein (Michigan) and Todd Lickliter (Iowa) — start toget their own system in play, the conference is going to be much moredangerous.It’s the Hoosiers, though, that have the most potentialto reign supreme.Indiana has been a sleeping giant for the last fewseasons. Following in the footsteps of Bobby Knight, Mike Davis was destined tofail. Sampson had too much baggage to succeed. But in Tom Crean the Hoosiershave hired an experienced coach that has the ability to restore the luster lostby the IU basketball program.And the better the Hoosiers are, the tougher thingsbecome for the rest of the conference. Wisconsin included.Tom Crean, with his .333 winning percentage against UW,may not be a Badger killer. Ryan knows Crean’s tendencies just as well as thenew Indiana coach knows his.But hand Crean the reigns to one of college basketball’smost premier programs, and it’s going to be tough to maintain the currentstatus quo.So yes, Crean may have his hands full in his first fewyears with the Hoosiers and for now at least, Ryan may have his number. TheHoosiers may be down right now, but don’t get used to it.Sooner or later, taking on Crean’s Indiana team twice aseason isn’t going to be much fun.?Mike is a sophomore majoring in political science. If you think Indiana isstill a long way from returning to national prominence?or want to offer an alternativeto IU’s “Crean and Crimson” campaign, he can be reached firstname.lastname@example.org.
Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 25, 2018 at 11:43 pm Contact Nick: email@example.com | @nick_a_alvarez During an early season road trip, junior forward Severin Soerlie pressed his belly against the floor, put his hands at his sides and slithered between two airport gates. He was performing midfielder Hugo Delhommelle’s favorite task to dish out: Act like a snake for 20 seconds in public.The transfer broke character and shooed bystanders. A couple dozen feet away, his teammates beamed. It was all in good fun, anyway — Soerlie’s impersonation of a snake was a consequence after losing a card game. Syracuse head coach Ian McIntyre wasn’t surprised. He’s used to the “weirdness” his team exhibits off, and sometimes on, the pitch.“Some (impersonations) are quite funny. Some are …,” McIntyre paused, a smile cracking at the corners of his mouth, “… tough.”For years, SU players have completed tasks after losing competitions. After roster turnover, the embarrassing acts help familiarize the squad with each other, former and current Orange said. The tasks — acting like an animal or wearing a uniform at a public team dinner, among other things — are like a rite of passage.Laura Angle | Digital Design EditorAdvertisementThis is placeholder textSome Syracuse teams use dodgeball or Fortnite to bond. But card games, former defender Louis Cross said, are an SU men’s soccer “tradition,” specifically during road trips. This week, the Orange (3-3-1, 0-2-0 Atlantic Coast) preps for its second-longest road swing of the season. The team heads to Blacksburg, Virginia, for No. 21 Virginia Tech on Sept. 28 and Akron, Ohio, for the Zips three days later.“We started with a random punishment, and everyone liked it,” Delhommelle said. “… We play video games, but we also play cards. We’re like the old generation.”Before cards, “punishments” were dished out after rounds of Settlers of Catan, a board game in which players colonize a fictional island. Sergio Camargo, who transferred to Syracuse in 2016 for his senior season, bought Catan on Amazon. The team’s international athletes introduced poker and Go Fish shortly after. Swedish-born midfielder Jonathan Hagman said foreign players forced themselves to speak English during Catan and card games.Losing any game corresponded with a task. Once, a goaltender on the 2015 team wore his full kit, from cleats to gloves, during a team breakfast. Some underclassmen recited poems in front of the team. Others walked around like a Tyrannosaurus rex or flapped their arms like birds.“It’s very funny because it’s not that embarrassing,” Hagman said. “It’s a good group. We’d never force anyone to do anything they wouldn’t want to do.”When Camargo graduated, Catan stopped. But cards stuck in a new form.Delhommelle transferred from Lander University last season and brought a new card game with him. It has no name, midfielder Jan Breitenmoser said, but Syracuse calls it “21.” Delhommelle wasn’t sure how he learned the game, either. All that’s certain is the game’s central principle: There aren’t winners. Just one loser.Each player starts with seven cards in the first round. The game’s objective is to top another player’s card with a higher number or face card. After six rounds, the owner of the highest card remaining loses the round by as many points on their card. Once your score totals 21, you lose.Some, such as Hagman, pride themselves on how little they’ve lost. This season, SU brought out the “classic” punishments, along with a few new embarrassing acts. Assistant coach Matt Verni joined the game, lost and had to wear a shower cap during a pregame walkthrough. McIntyre and associate head coach Jukka Masalin have open invitations to join in but haven’t accepted.Before a flight earlier this year, Breitenmoser walked a fake runway in the airport. His teammates surrounded him and acted like photographers. Delhommelle recalled Breitenmoser’s strut as “impressive.”“When we’re away, we just don’t have much to do,” Delhommelle said. “It was very simple. We were looking for an easy game that everyone could play.” Comments