Crean could be heard yelling in Meyer's face in the postgame "handshake" after his squad's amazing come-from-behind victory, "You wrecked the program. You know what you did."
UPDATE: Monday, March 11 at 10:10 a.m. ET by Timothy Rapp
After Crean's outburst directed at Jeff Meyer, he did apologize, according to Andy Katz of ESPN:
Indiana coach Tom Crean in a text said he apologized to Michigan assistant Jeff Meyer for his on-court confrontation.— Andy Katz (@ESPNAndyKatz) March 11, 2013
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Meyer, as you may remember, worked under former head coach Kelvin Sampson from 2006-2008. NCAA violations spawned from that era, leading to the dismissal of Sampson and a three-year probation for IU. Crean coached his first three seasons at Indiana under that probation, winning just eight conference matchups during that span.
Sounds like Crean has been harboring some resentment for quite some time.
It wasn't until last season—not coincidentally, the year the probation was lifted—that the Hoosiers got back on their feet. They went 27-9 (11-7 Big Ten) en route to a successful Sweet 16 run to close the year.
This year, the Hoosiers finished the regular season 26-5 (14-4 Big Ten) and captured their first Big Ten title since 2002 (first outright in two decades).
Judging by Crean's verbal assault on Meyer and his maniacal laughter at the end, I think it's fair to say that the 46-year-old coach will come back to haunt anyone he feels slighted by. Meyer may have known Crean's feelings about him before this, but nobody could have predicted such a demonstrative display of such Sunday in Ann Arbor.
Not surprisingly, Crean is the brother-in-law to the NFL's Harbaugh brothers, who are equally (if not more so) intense.
Longstanding resentment, combined with the elation of a Big Ten title, apparently makes Tom Crean go crazy.
Hey, they don't call it March Madness for nothing. It's apparently started early this season.
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