BLOOMINGTON -- Indiana coach Tom Crean spoke to the media following Hoosier Hysteria on Friday at Assembly Hall. Here are some of the key points he touched on as the Hoosiers prepare for the coming season.
During the program, on the 2013 Big Ten Championship banner: "You don't buy this at Wal-Mart. You have to earn it. You have to earn it. And this program earned you a Big Ten Championship last year."
More on the banner, which was raised for the first time during Hoosier Hysteria: "I hadn't seen the banner, and I hadn't seen how it was going to be raised or any of that. That was a moving moment, there's no question about that. When you come in here every day like we have, like I have since April 2, 2008, and you look at those banners, there's no question you want to be a part of raising one of your own in the program.
"It felt great to be able to share it on a night like this."
On the team's progress: "There's gonna be some really hard days, and there's gonna be some good days. It is a young team, and we're playing without three guys."
-- Note: Those three guys are freshmen Noah Vonleh (ankle), Luke Fischer (shoulder) and Troy Williams (hand), who are out with injuries. Freshman Stan Robinson suffered an injury with 4.6 seconds left in the scrimmage Friday that Crean said, as of now, is diagnosed as a bruised knee.
More on the growth of the Hoosiers: "You're not going to try to push guys physically yet, but you do have to push them mentally so that they start to absorb the concepts.
"Everybody on this team has had flashes in the first week, and everybody on this team has had segments where they're not going on a highlight tape. They're going on a lowlight. And that's just what it is."
On getting the six freshmen and a young team up to speed: "They're just trying to keep their head above water with the work ethic and the energy level that's required. We're not even practicing hard. It might seem like it to them, but it's not. It's more about getting that mental endurance, like I said, to get through things, and the physical endurance will come."
On leading a younger group of players: "I've coached a new team, obviously. I coached a young team in 2008-09, a team that had a ton of walk-ons and guys that first got here. This is different because it's a different level of talent here, but it's still the same thing. They're extremely young guys. They're getting ready to go through a season unlike anything they've ever experienced because of the length of it and the intensity of it."
On what to expect from IU: "You really haven't applied it until you've applied it under pressure. … I think the bottom line with this team, if I had to sum it up all the way across the board, we've got a lot of old habits to break and a lot of new habits to build, and I have no idea what the timeline is going to be on that."