Tom Crean Out As IU Head Coach After Nine Seasons

Rachel Hardy
March 18, 2017

Indiana University is moving on without men's basketball coach Tom Crean. IU Athletics Director Fred Glass says a search for Crean's successor will begin immediately. The season ended with a resounding thud in the NIT, as the Hoosiers lost their opening game at Georgia Tech.

In the last four seasons, IN only finished above.500 IN conference play once, last year's Big Ten championship team. From 1983-1987, Alford was the point guard under Bobby Knight and led the Hoosiers to the 1987 national championship.

The first day of the NCAA tournament always promises drama.

In terms of searching for a new coach, Glass said he was open to any candidates, but did mention a few things that he considers a plus. It's not necessarily easy to fit in at a place like in without immediate, consistent success, and the university made a decision to move on when it become clear that the fit was unlikely to ever be as flawless as hoped.

It was an unlucky season with significant injury problems - IN played the last several weeks without one of its stars, OG Anunoby - but the Hoosiers have nevertheless played sloppy basketball, mediocre on defense while turning the ball over at a high rate on offense.

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Crean joined the IU basketball program in 2008, succeeding interim head coach Dan Dakich after Kelvin Sampson resigned following NCAA recruiting violations.

IN has the facilities, recruiting base, and commitment to winning that make it one of the premier jobs to get players in the country.

Tom Crean's record over nine seasons finishes at 166-135 in Bloomington with four trips to the NCAA tournament and three of those ending in the Sweet 16. If anyone wants to leave, IU will work with them. It's my home state.

If the IU fan base is this done with coach Tom Crean's basketball program, so done that the school is willingly sacrificing revenue by sending its bad road team onto the road, how can Tom Crean continue to stay?

A final try, minutes later, when Alford was asked if he had any concerns that all the IN talk might distract his UCLA team. "I was surprised." He said "I didn't think they were going to get rid of him for just one year of a bad team, they won the big ten last year". Those disheartening losses, combined with the dismissal of head coach John Groce over the weekend, could have been the formula for a short-lived appearance in the NIT. The Indiana brass had seen enough. "We will look to identify and recruit a coach who can help us meet these expectations". The butt of too many jokes, IN was.

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