RECORDS & AWARDS
ANOTHER BIG TEN MEDIA DAY
October 25, 2012By Troy Derengowski of Richmond High School
ANOTHER BIG TEN MEDIA DAY
Troy Derengowski, Richmond’s Sports Page
Today was Big Ten Basketball Media Day in Chicago. Much of the attention was on Indiana, the pre-season #1 team in the country. Before we get to Tom Crean’s comments, let’s talk a little bit about Big Ten Media Day.
If you think you are missing anything by not being in Chicago, think again. What goes on is somewhat comical. There are legit media people at media day like The Big Ten Network, ESPN and CBS Sports etc. But these days there so are many media one must wonder where did these people get their credentials? They aren’t hard to spot. They are generally the young reporters looking to make a name for themselves. Most of them are students, many reporting for obscure web sites and most are generally a bunch of geeks. I can tell you this most of them have never played basketball. In fact I doubt they ever played any sport. Most were probably managers and thought this would be a neat profession to be in. So it is hard to take them seriously. They ask some of the dumbest questions and wonder why the coaches look at them like they are from mars. One of the worst questions ever asked came at the expense of former IU coach Bob Knight several years ago from a young TV reporter. The reporter was right behind me and I knew it was coming. It had to do with the Big Ten Media Guide which was missing the Illinois logo. The reporter asked Coach Knight the first question of the press conference.
REPORTER: Coach Knight. Why is the Illinois logo missing off the Big Ten media guide?
BOB KNIGHT: How in the #@&%$ would I know that? What in the #%#@& kind of question is that? Why don’t you ask someone who gives a %#@&%? I can’t believe you would ask me that kind of question. This is @&%$#&. Next question!!!!
All I did was look away and cringe. Now just imagine this type of question asked at least 20 times per press conference and you have media day!
Now , to Indiana and Coach Crean. On being #1 in the country:
“As far as our team right now, there is no question that our whole mindset is, our goal to get to where we want to be as a team, to get the identity that we have to have is to make sure that we feel like we're just a little better every day.
As for standing up to the pressure of being #1:
“Our team has had to deal with a lot of other hype that wasn't necessarily positive. I think it's easy to look at the couple of years we started and say, well, Indiana was down and Indiana wasn't doing this or that and that's all true. The target of being an Indiana Hoosier has never changed, and Indiana is synonymous throughout the country for being a lot of thing in basketball, and it was always a big deal when you were playing Indiana or Indiana was coming to town and that hasn't changed.
Coach Crean says basketball in the Midwest will be great:
“I think there is more attention paid to it maybe a little bit nationally, but anytime ?? Indiana, Louisville, Kentucky those are always going to be names that are big everywhere when it comes to college basketball.
Believe me, this is going to be one heck of a Big Ten Basketball season!!