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Friday, March 17, 2017 10:02 pm

Coach can leave IU with head held high

There’s something inherently unsettling about watching a coach get sacked after cheering him on for nine seasons.

Sometimes, the difference between championship seasons and being an also-ran may be a few missed free throws or a couple bad bounces. In a sense, we are all coaches with cancelable contracts, usually minus the multi-million-dollar consolation prize.

Tom Crean was a man of character, a talented, honest and hardworking coach who helped IU through a troubled time and is leaving Indiana fans with more good memories than bad ones. He can walk out of Assembly Hall with his head held high – and he should have no trouble landing another coaching job.

Hope, temporarily benched, will check back in when Indiana University’s new basketball coach arrives. But the process drains some of the magic from something that is supposed to be character-building for athletes and fun for fans. Inevitably we are reminded that college sports have become too much like a business and too little like a game.