Creaning, as defined by UrbanDictionary. “Kicking a player off the team because you think you have a better one to take his place.” The term “Creaning” derives from the action of Indiana University head men’s basketball coach Tom Crean. When Tom Crean accepted the illustrious Indiana Hoosier job his program was in a bad place, and he took certain liberties to restore the Indiana program, as well as self preserve his dream job. After explaining to already enrolled Indiana players that they no longer had scholarships, Crean used the extra scholarships to bring in his own recruits. One of those recruits was Matt Roth from Washington, IL.
Fifth-year senior guard Matt Roth committed to Tom Crean and Indiana in the doldrums and saw his commitment through to the other side. Roth played his heart out for the Hoosiers through 2008-2009 while Indiana finished 6-25 (1-17), and he honored his commitment the next two years despite disappointing seasons in 2009-2010 10-21 (4-14) and 2010-2011 12-20 (3-15). Now that Indiana finished 27-9 in 2011-2012 and is set up perfectly for a Big Ten and NCAA Tournament run in 2012-2013, head coach Tom Crean figured he no longer needed Matt Roth.
Earlier this month, lowest-rated recruit of 2012 Ron Patterson mysteriously developed ”academic trouble”, despite Indiana accepting 69% of applicants, which was enough for Crean to send him to prep school for a year. Now Tom has ”Creaned” another in Matt Roth–the term “Creaned” has existed since he cleaned house upon entering Indiana, not honoring the scholarship promises that went out to past recruits. This year he is Creaning players he recruited himself because he doesn’t believe in a scholarship limit. His 2012 class is rated by most services as one of the best in the nation, including 5-star point guard Yogi Ferrell and 4-star forwards Hanner Parea and Jeremy Hollowell. So Crean continued to target 2012 players with intentions of not honoring a senior guard’s scholarship and possibly telling other committed prospects (Ron Patterson) that they didn’t have a place in Bloomington any longer.
Dustin Dopirak from scout.com wrote a piece saying Matt Roth saw the writing on the wall when Crean told him he would gladly be a reference for his job applications while Roth still had one more year of eligibility. Thanks Coach, thanks for sticking by your guys.
“School has started, and they’ve got their guys that are there on scholarship,” Roth said. “They’ve got the right number of guys. I’m not enrolled and I’m not on scholarship. I never told them I was ready to move on, but I gotta look out for my best interest now. There’s no sense in hoping. I don’t know if it’s even possible now.”
Indiana has been ranked as high as no. 1 in preseason polls, so the powers that be believe a magical season will be in the works. Hopefully Matt Roth can enjoy that once-in-a-lifetime opportunity from whatever cubicle Tom Crean helps him into.