11/16/2012 07:31 pm ET Updated Jan 30, 2013

Tom Crean, Hoosiers Coach, Eats Gum Off The Floor, Cites 5-Second Rule (VIDEO)

Hoosiers coach Tom Crean defended himself on Twitter Thursday night after he was filmed eating a piece of gum he had just dropped on the floor.

The moment was captured by the Big Ten Network's cameras during Indiana's 99-45 win over Sam Houston and was subsequently featured on Sportscenter's "Not Top 10."

Fans on social media were quick to poke fun at Crean for his frugal ways.

In his defense, Crean invoked the five-second rule and pointed out that the gum was dry. He added, however, that even if it weren't, the cleanliness of his home court would put to ease any fears of germs.

Someone might want to tell Crean about a recent study that found that germs coudn't care less about the five-second rule.