After nine seasons as coach at Indiana, Tom Crean has been fired, the school announced Thursday, two days after the Hoosiers' season ended with a first-round loss in the National Invitation Tournament.
"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," athletic director Fred Glass said in a statement issued by IU. "The expectations for Indiana University basketball are to perennially contend for and win multiple Big Ten championships, regularly go deep in the NCAA tournament, and win our next national championship – and more after that. We will identify and recruit a coach who will meet these expectations."
Glass said a search for Crean's replacement would begin immediately and not include any kind of search committee. He said school president Michael McRobbie and the Board of Trustees have given Glass full authority to choose the Hoosiers' next leader.
For Crean, the news is likely heartbreaking, as he had expressed optimism Tuesday about rebounding from an 18-16 season that served as a massive disappointment after Indiana had opened it with expectations of contending for another Big Ten title. The program won two outright conference regular-season titles under Crean and went to the Sweet 16 on three occasions, in 2012, '13 and '16.
Crean took over in the fall of 2008 after a successful run at Marquette, replacing Kelvin Sampson, whose tenure ended amid NCAA scandal. Crean's first three teams in Bloomington went 6-25, 10-21 and 12-20, respectively. Crean finished 166-135 at Indiana and is 356-231 overall, with nine trips to the NCAA tournament. He led Marquette to the Final Four in 2003.
"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," Glass said. "While winning two outright Big Ten titles in five years and being named Big Ten Coach of the Year (in 2016), Tom worked tirelessly to develop great young men and successful teams.
"However, ultimately, we seek more consistent, high levels of success, and we will not shy away from our expectations. Tom is a good man and a good coach, and we owe him a great debt of gratitude for his many positive contributions to Indiana basketball. We wish him well."
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