BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Mike Santa will not have to fetch uniforms and hand out towels to Indiana basketball players anymore. The second-year team manager is joining the Hoosiers on the bench, as a reserve guard.
Coach Tom Crean promoted Santa on Wednesday night for the Hoosiers' game against Northwestern. Santa, a 5-foot-9 guard from Huntington, Ind., was wearing No. 1.
Eventually, Crean may add another manager, Brandon Profitt, to the roster.
"We have needed Mike and Brandon to step in many times for our drills and scout team situations and they bring a great deal of competitiveness and energy to our practices," Crean said in a statement issued by the school. "Unfortunately, Brandon is hurt right now. But we like the idea of having Mike with us and suiting up."