The Healer: Tom Crean has won over IU’s aching fan base by embracing a storied program’s past

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Pat Graham needed just three words to describe how Tom Crean has been able to win back former players and re-energize Indiana basketball’s hurting fan base so quickly.

“He gets it,” said Graham, who played at IU from 1989-94.
What Crean gets, numerous former players said, is how important tradition is to a program that has recently suffered through two unpopular coaches, unmotivated players and an NCAA investigation. He gets the impact of having former players on a united front.
He gets Bob Knight, and all he built.