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Tom Crean defends Greivis from fans

I'm not sure what it is about Greivis Vasquez, but he sure does seem to elicit some passion from opposing fans, no? Passion here meaning "spittle-flecked mindless anger." It happened again in Indiana Tuesday night, when the home crowd chose to chant a word at Greivis that you might have expected to hear had Indiana been playing the Catamounts instead of the Terrapins, except maybe they didn't really mean it in strictly the kitten sense.

Anyhow, a fired-up Indiana Coach Tom Crean tried to get on the mic to tell the fans to stop during the game, was rebuffed by officials, and then began his post-game news conference by upbraiding the fans for their vulgarities. It's actually a pretty admirable speech, managing to praise his own fans repeatedly while insisting they have to be better than that.

And I'm guessing he won't be the last coach afforded an opportunity to turn the Greivis fan response into a teaching moment this season. Transcript:

"Turn the cameras on. You got em on? All right, first things first. I love our fans. I love our students. We come to the games, we cheer like crazy for our team. We can be obnoxious, we can be nasty, we can cheer against the other team. But we never use vulgarity. We never use vulgarities against an opponent. That is not what happened at Indiana in the past, and it's certainly not gonna happen under my watch.

"But I love our fans. I love the energy that they brought us tonight. We did not match the energy of our fans. All right, but at no point in time are vulgarities in that crowd ever gonna be accepted. And that cannot happen at Indiana. We have too much pride, we have too many great students, great memories, great tradition-based things here, for anything to ever turn it the other way, and nobody deserves that. Nobody deserves that. We've got to find a way to be obnoxious without ever being vulgar, because we're too good for that."

Very well done. And no, this isn't about Rock & Roll Part II. At least, not yet.

(Via Mister Irrelevant and The Dagger).

By Dan Steinberg  |  December 2, 2009; 4:53 PM ET
Categories:  College Basketball , Terps  
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Maybe Greivis reminded Hoosier fans that IU's best player goes to Xavier?

Posted by: Kev29 | December 2, 2009 5:26 PM | Report abuse

They called Greivis a catamount? Doesn't sound that bad to me.

Posted by: nordicus | December 2, 2009 6:18 PM | Report abuse

I was watching the game and wondering wtf was going on when Crean delayed things and approached the scorer's table and was in a discussion with officials. I understand playing the entire game, but calling timeouts and fouling when the game was out of reach didn't help the situation. I must give him credit for his attempt to control the crowd though. I had originally assumed he was complaining about the game and officiating and I'm sure many in attendance and watching thought the same. While disgusted by IU fans, I felt a lot better about Crean when reading about what actually happened earlier today.

Posted by: sitruc | December 2, 2009 6:31 PM | Report abuse

Too bad Gary did not have this much class when Terp fans chanted "F you JJ"

Posted by: K3Roy2 | December 2, 2009 6:44 PM | Report abuse

+1 coach, very very classy. It appeared during the game that he was angry at Gary, and the announcers on ESPN were as confused as I was. They showed Gary even SMILING during the game, which in retrospection must have been upon hearing that Crean was not happy with his fans.

Good on him.

Posted by: ckstevenson | December 2, 2009 10:02 PM | Report abuse

Too bad Gary did not have this much class when Terp fans chanted "F you JJ"

Posted by: K3Roy2 | December 2, 2009 6:44 PM | Report abuse

Through a 1991 NCAA ruling, "any and all vulgarities directed at Duke University or the members of their basketball team are deemed appropriate and warranted."

You're commenting on the wrong website if you're looking for Blue Devil sympathy KRoy.

Posted by: fushezzi | December 3, 2009 7:53 AM | Report abuse

As a Maryland fan, I agree with KRoy. Regardless of how you feel about Duke, Gary does very little to temper the Maryland student section. I was very impressed by Crean as well. Class act.

Posted by: nordicus | December 3, 2009 9:16 AM | Report abuse

will the dook nerds please beat it. coach k never said a word when the crazies chanted "crackhead parents" while juan dixon shot free throws.

glass houses man

Posted by: jpfterps | December 3, 2009 11:42 AM | Report abuse

To echo jpfterps, much of the ACC chanted pretty awful stuff at Juan and at DJ Stawberry for years and little was said by other coaches.

Posted by: M__N | December 3, 2009 12:25 PM | Report abuse

I agree with fushezzy and kroy. I go to all Maryland home games and have for years. The "You Suck!" over and over again is just stupid and makes Maryland fans look pretty classless. It's not clever or even funny.

Posted by: bethesdaguy | December 3, 2009 1:31 PM | Report abuse

The "You Suck" chant is a great tradition at MD. You can put ear plugs in your kids ears during sporting events all you want, but do you not allow them to watch tv or listen to the radio as well, or are you just a hypocrite who wants to ruin the fun for others?

"Sucks" and "hell" are not filthy nor vulgar words. Kids learn about hell in church, and learn about sucking the first time you give them a lolly pop. So take your PC extremist agenda and shove it up your candy *ss...and leave the environment at sporting events to the people who can handle it.

Posted by: Barno1 | December 3, 2009 2:57 PM | Report abuse

How bout we chant "Hey you STINK!" and "We're gonna beat the HECK outta you and you and you" would that make you happy pal?

Posted by: Barno1 | December 3, 2009 2:58 PM | Report abuse

I miss rock and roll part 2. another reason to send feminist Yow to be the AD at PCU

Posted by: jpfterps | December 3, 2009 3:18 PM | Report abuse

The alleged "crackhead parents" chant happened at UVA, not Duke.

Posted by: nordicus | December 3, 2009 5:56 PM | Report abuse

nordicus is right. At Duke the students tried to bring in baggies full of sugar to shake, but they were all confiscated before they entered the arena.

I was at Maryland during the whole fan behavior issue. Gary made multiple attempts to curb the vulgarity at games. Before big games (i.e. Duke) he would come out an hour or so before game time and address the crowd. He did this at Cole before there were automated tickets and entry times. He was very against the whole entry time system when they moved to Comcast because he liked addressing the students a couple hours before big games. But he did continue to come out and give a speech even though it was interrupting his pregame routine with his team.

Posted by: terpgrrl | December 6, 2009 1:32 PM | Report abuse

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