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Tom Crean: One of the Best of Bend but Don't Break?

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Mar 14, 2012; Portland, OR, USA : Indiana Hoosiers head coach Tom Crean looks on during practice for the second round of the 2012 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the Rose Garden.  Mandatory Credit: Steve Dykes-US PRESSWIRE
Mar 14, 2012; Portland, OR, USA : Indiana Hoosiers head coach Tom Crean looks on during practice for the second round of the 2012 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the Rose Garden. Mandatory Credit: Steve Dykes-US PRESSWIRE

CBS Sports college basketball blog has been running an anonymous poll of coaches all summer and posting the results. They’ve covered the spectrum as far as what player would most want to have this coming year (Cody Zeller was #1), which coach is the biggest cheater (Crean received 2 votes) to today’s topic, "Which coach is the best at bending the rules but not breaking them?". At this poll Crean came in tied for 3rd with Arizona’s Sean Miller at 8%. My question to the IU fanbase is this a good thing?


"He is so creative that he finds ways around the most difficult of rules. There is no "no" in his vocabulary, so you have to expand your mind to manage around all the rules. And he will never break one."

The above is an anonymous quote on Tom Crean from one of the coaches that answered the poll questions from CBS. I personally think this is a good thing. My favorite part specifically was "and he will never break one". Now we know of course he’s had a minor hiccup in a secondary violation last winter, but the fact that at least one of his peers believes he wouldn’t knowingly break rules is encouraging. I have no problem with working within the rules and exposing loopholes. That’s how John Calipari (in my opinion) is working. He’s not doing anything wrong. He’s doing things differently. In fact, if Calipari wasn’t at Kentucky I’d probably like the guy.

Tom Crean currently doesn’t have a huge benefit of the Coach K’s and John Calipari’s of the world by flashing NBA star after NBA star in front of potential recruits. So you have to do things in a different way. As long as Tom Crean works within the rules everything is fine by me, but what do you guys think? Is the perception and possibility of Crean bending but not breaking the rules a good thing?