Former Indiana Coach Tom Crean to Georgia

The University of Georgia has announced that Tom Crean will be its next head basketball coach.  The former Indiana and Marquette coach served as an analyst for ESPN during the 2017-18.  A press conference is expected on Friday to introduce the new leader of the Bulldogs’ basketball program.

Various reports put the deal at six years, and at a financial value that should largely or entirely eliminate any future contractual obligations by Indiana University.  Under the terms of their agreement, IU, which fired Crean a year ago, was required to pay out the remaining term of Crean’s contract unless or until he signed a new agreement at which time it would only be required to pay any shortfall between the IU agreement and the new contract.

Crean was the head coach for Indiana for nine seasons.  He was let go after an 18-16 campaign for the 2016-17 season. During his tenure at IU, the Hoosiers won the Big Ten regular season title outright in 2013 and 2016, and went to four NCAA tournaments, reaching the Sweet 16 three times.  You can read our top 10 Tom Crean at Indiana moments here.

Indiana missed the NCAA tournament in two of his last four seasons at IU and he struggled to recruit in the Hoosiers’ talent rich home state towards the end of his tenure.  You can read our bottom 10 Tom Crean at Indiana moments here.

Crean was also the head coach at Marquette for nine seasons.  The Golden Eagles reached the Final Four in 2003 with a team led by Dwyane Wade. Crean made five NCAA tournament appearances with Marquette.

Crean has a career record of 356-231, including a 166-135 mark at Indiana.  The former Hoosier coach endured three challenging seasons resurrecting the IU program after the fallout related to Kelvin Sampson’s NCAA violations before a memorable 2011-12 season that saw the Hoosiers return to national relevance.

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