March 16, 2017

Tom Crean out as Indiana Head Coach

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Tom Crean fired after 9 seasons.

Indiana and Tom Crean have parted ways after nine seasons, the school announced on Thursday.

The team has not made it to the NCAA tournament twice in the past four seasons — including this year, but the Hoosiers went to the Sweet 16 three times in his tenure

“After deliberative thought and evaluation, including multiple meetings with Tom about the future, I have decided to make a change in the leadership of our men’s basketball program,” Indiana athletic director Fred Glass said in a statement. “Tom Crean brought us through one of the most challenging periods in IU basketball history, led his players to many successes in the classroom and on the court and represented our university with class and integrity.”

Crean took over the Hoosiers in 2008 after Kelvin Sampson left due to an NCAA scandal. Crean had just two returning players his first season in charge and struggled for three seasons. He turned that around in the 2011-12 season, leading the Hoosiers to a 15-win improvement over the previous season and an NCAA tournament berth. The Hoosiers earned a No. 1 seed in 2013 after winning the Big Ten.

Crean was 148-118 overall and 64-80 in Big Ten play heading into this season, they struggled at the end of the season finishing 18-16 overall and 7-11 in league play. Indiana lost to Georgia Tech in the first round of the NIT.

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