NCAA: Indiana Hoosiers Get Their Man

John LewisSenior Writer IApril 1, 2008

The Indiana University men's basketball program can be compared to the Titanic: It's great in size but a sinking ship nonetheless.

Two starters, guards Armon Bassett and Jamarcus Ellis, have been kicked off the team for violating rules.  This isn't the only time both players have been in trouble before: Each was suspended during the regular season.

However, according to sources, a head coach has been hired to right the ship.  It's expected that Marquette University's Tom Crean will be announced as head coach as early as Wednesday.

If Eric Gordon decides to go pro as expected, the Hoosiers will have no returning starters next season, which isn't the kind of beginning you want.  Gordon said he planned to announce his decision Monday.

Crean now has more than one job on his plate. First, he needs to find some players for next season. He also needs to clean up the program's image, which will be no small task. 

The former Marquette coach can definitely guide his team. He took the Golden Eagles to final four in 2003 with the help of Dwyane Wade. 

Crean went 190-96 in nine seasons at the helm, but with the possibility of not having any starters left, he will need to have more then just time on his side.  He will need the support of the school and fans to make this a successful run.

So if anyone out there has any eligibility left, you may want to send in your never know.