There’s a chance that the ’08-09 Indiana Hoosiers could be among the worst Hoosier teams to ever play in the Big Ten. (They’ve been destroyed by every real team they’ve faced: they lost by 38 to Notre Dame, 26 to St. Joe’s, 25 to Wake, 16 to Gonzaga, and 18 to Kentucky.)
The reason behind their struggles is the firestorm of recruiting violations that got Kelvin Sampson booted from the University, which in turn, sparked a huge issue among the players last year as they refused to play for Interim Head Coach Dan Dakich. New head coach Tom Crean is still trying to pick up the pieces.
If Crean’s job wasn’t tough enough already, this could add yet another dimension to it.
“It was the guys that were doing drugs that were separate,” said Gordon. “Sometimes it felt like it wasn’t even a real basketball team because of all the turmoil that went on,” said Gordon, now a starting guard for the Los Angeles Clippers. “I was just thinking about that the other day. It was so crazy that all that stuff threw off a good season and made it a waste, basically.
“It was really tough for us to be around each other all the time off the court because we were so separate.”