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Tom Crean on twitter: ‘No need to reply. I don’t read it.’


It has not been a good week for Indiana basketball.

They weren’t even in contention to receive an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament. Then they got snubbed by the NIT and turned down the CBI, a move that made headlines thanks to a memorable quote from their athletic director Fred Glass.

Then on Monday afternoon, head coach took to twitter to talk about the way the season ended, sending out this tweet:

I doubt that it was Crean’s intent, but that tweet just doesn’t read well. The point of social media is the immediacy of interaction. It’s the reach. When it comes to celebrities and public figures, it’s the idea that every single Indiana fan can, theoretically, be one tweet away from communicating with the head coach at Indiana.

Now, there’s nothing wrong with Crean ignoring his mentions. If you’re in the public’s eye, you’re probably better off not reading what the trolls are spewing. And while I know tone can get lost on twitter, the way that the tweet reads is just … bad.

I wasn’t alone in that interpretation, either. A source close to one potential McDonald’s All-American said Crean came off as socially awkward and “arrogant”.

It seems like he realized how the tweet sounded, because just nine minutes later, he sent out the following:

Report: Four-star center reclassifying to 2015; down to three

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An interesting recruiting development hit on Friday as Josh Gershon of reported that four-star center Jayce Johnson is reclassifying to the Class of 2015 and looking to join a program at semester break.

The 7-foot native of California is down to Cal, Colorado and Utah and Johnson is on an official visit to Utah this weekend after transferring to a charter school this week. As Gershon notes, only Cal has a scholarship to offer Johnson this season, but the family is willing to pay a semester at the other programs if it’s the right fit. Johnson would like to redshirt and train with his future college while playing against more mature players.

But if Johnson is persuaded not to redshirt, he could be an intriguing big man off the bench later in the season for a couple of teams looking to make a postseason appearance. As the No. 67 overall prospect in the Class of 2016, Johnson is a talented prospect and he isn’t afraid to score with either hand. With some time to fill out, Johnson can turn into a talented Pac-12 player down the road.

VIDEO: Utah Valley’s Mark Pope dances, lip syncs with daughters

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New Utah Valley head coach Mark Pope made quite an impression on fans at the team’s Midnight Madness celebration last night. That’s because Pope did a dance and lip sync routine with his four daughters that turned out to be pretty impressive.

The former BYU assistant looks to be the leader in the clubhouse for best coach dance so far this preseason. We’ll see if any other coaches pull out elaborate routines at madness celebrations the next few weeks.