Newly ensconced Indiana coach Tom Crean (above) has described the transfer of Eli Holman to the University Of Detroit as “an orchestration”. Not the sort presided over by the Detroit Symphony’s Leonard Slatkin, either, reports the Indianpolis Star’s Terry Hutchens :
Holman, a 6-9 center from Richmond, Calif., took Crean and the IU staff by surprise May 1 when he informed them of his decision to transfer. They were even more surprised by this week’s news that Holman would attend Detroit and play for Ray McCallum, a former IU assistant who was hired by the Titans shortly after Crean arrived at IU last month.
Crean said Holman had talked positively about his IU future for several weeks, and that when the player told Crean he was leaving, he made it clear that his primary reason was to be closer to his family in California.
“We were led to believe that this was a family decision and that he wanted to get closer to home, but now it doesn’t look like that’s the way it’s going to turn out,” Crean said. “I don’t think there’s any doubt that there was a certain amount of orchestrating going on. It’s disappointing — very disappointing — on a lot of fronts.”
Speaking to reporters at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where he was to be Thursday’s honorary starter, Crean also said he was certain that Holman had been “coached up” on what to say when he informed IU he wanted to leave. During last week’s meeting, Holman got so upset that university security had to be called, though it ended peacefully.
“I would say that he didn’t get the answer that he probably would have liked,” Crean said without divulging details of the conversation. “(Our approach) was about taking some time to go through this but I’ve now seen that this was all part of an orchestration. It just was, and I don’t have a lot of respect for that.”
Who better to question the ethics of McCallum and Holman than the former Marquette coach who walked out on a 9 year contract? Players have to ‘orchestrate” their escape routes, while the commitments of well-compensated adults tend not to be mentioned in these instances.