Starting point guard Ronnie Johnson opted to transfer following the season. He is the fifth player to leave the program since the end of the 2012-13 season — when you couple that turmoil with two straight disappointing seasons, Painter is losing the support of some fans. His disappointing recruiting is an issue as well.
The 2014-15 season will tell a lot about Crean, Painter and their programs.
Bryan Gaskins is the Tribune’s sports editor. He may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.