Crean tip-toes around student section questions

Despite Assembly Hall’s most well-known chant being “Stand Up, Old People” the most highly-discussed topic revolving around the stadium’s seating is where the young people will sit.

During his lecture’s Q&A session Monday night, three different students asked Crean about the possibility of a “unified” student section.

Crean carefully tip-toed around the questions before apologizing he couldn’t “give you any concrete answers.”

Though the Hoosiers sold 9,100 tickets to students last year – among the largest student section in the nation – there has been consistent pressure for years from the students to unify their efforts.

Crean said that he isn’t involved in the seating at Assembly Hall but said he was discouraged when he heard students hadn’t been showing up on time for tip-off last season.

After discussing the student section for awhile, Crean told a story about how at Marquette he helped unify the student section and all of the students eventually wore gold shirts or gold sweater vests. When he asked the audience if they would like the student section to be unified the crowd erupted.

“I would like that too. Is that something you all would like to do? Wear the same t-shirt or something like that? Well then, that’s something that has to be looked at,” he said.

“Give me time. Give me time to look at that. And we’ll go from there. We have to pack Hoosier Hysteria first, no matter if we have shirts on or not.”

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