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Date Posted: 19:29:18 03/07/05 Mon
Author: wiutsuoru
Subject: Leslie Crane's remarks- post game

One wonders if she will be disciplined. The ORU and Valpo boards have some reaction too.

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[> Re: Leslie Crane's remarks- post game -- Neckfansince71, 20:15:04 03/07/05 Mon

Boy, they really don't have alot of respect for Crane and her staff! I am not sure I understand exactly why? Do they cry to much, yell too much, too intense? I think this game just took the cake in frustration especially since a couple of Westerwinds got beat up. Got to play the game that is being played as far as I am concerned. Didn't really like the comment by the ORU player in between games tonight though, "Zannie Telane or what ever!!" I'll bet Tim VanAlstine and Coach Crane have a heart to heart sometime this week!


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[> Re: Leslie Crane's remarks- post game -- wiuato, 07:52:22 03/08/05 Tue

What did she do that was so wrong? She was frustrated how the game was played and naturally how it ended. ORU had a plan to go in and BANG, it was said before the game and was again said after the game by ORU player(s) & Coaches. Did they take a gamble and play rougher because they basically are playing at home and might test the waters and adjust to how the refs react? Possibly, but again this is basketball and the games can be physical but they need to be controlled and Crane felt this thing was way out of hand from the start. And when it seems players are getting injured from excessive roughness someone needs to step in and take control, like maybe the refs?

I really think the Mid-Con needs to re-figure this thing out and find a format for the tourney that is suitable for everyone. This is a home format for ORU no question about it and regardless of whether they win or lose it was a stupid decision by the Mid-Con execs. Think, why do they keep moving the tourney? Lack of attendance & money. By having a home setting for ORU in the tourney it could be looked at a huge up or major downer because as long as the Mid-Con can keep ORU alive, it means more people which means $$$$$BLING! But if by some strange occurance ORU's teams lose despite the Mid-Con's efforts it means almost no fans and no $$$$$$$.

I liked the format in the late 90's when the Mid-Con had lost the auto bid for one year because of the mass defections and new additions. It was the higher seeded teams played home games until they lost, and if you all remember it was Valpo the #1 seed in a double OT battle against WIU #2 at home. It created a fair and reasonable format that also gave teams something more to aim for on the conf. season. And with the Mid-Con still being so geographically spread out this may be the only winner as far as making $$$$, Although I think the Mid-Con has a winner in making sure ORU plays as many games as possible on their turf. Evidenced by yesterday's football game.

The Mid-Con may slap Crane's hand with a ruler for her comments because they know exactly what went down and they allowed it. If you look at both Thomas and Crane, these are two very passionate and strong coaches who do right by their players and both will speak up and show their displeasure when detecting a STINK in the air.

Maybe next year.

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[> Re: Leslie Crane's remarks- post game -- Leatherhead, 10:59:38 03/08/05 Tue

This whole situation was pretty disheartening. I'd like to know more about what actually happened. There was also a comment that she had three players at the hospital?

And, by the way, how can you not know how to pronounce the name of the league's player of the year, whom you're building your defense around? It's like a linebacker referring to Pee-ton Manning, or whatever.

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[> Re: Leslie Crane's remarks- post game -- RockyBDog, 11:53:12 03/08/05 Tue

I understand Coach Crane has a right to be upset. The only problem I had, was her use of the word "goon." On a side note, could the tourney be @ a completely neutral site, like Peoria/B-N-IWU?

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[> [> Re: Leslie Crane's remarks- post game -- Smack, 15:24:28 03/08/05 Tue

As much as I'd like to blame refs and "home area" advantage it's tough to win a game shooting 21% from the field and 52% from the line. The frustration Coach Crane is feeling must be incredible after having the best team in the conference the past few years. I guess both the men and women are going to have to be mentally and physically tougher in the future. I believe both are going to break through in the near future and make it to the Dance.

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