Georgia Hires Tom Crean As New Head Coach

Saul Bowman
March 17, 2018

Crean, 51, spent this past season out of coaching after being fired at IN in 2017.

"I just can't say anything right now", Greg McGarity told three beat writers Thursday night outside the Ben-Epps Airport after returning from Crean's home in Sarasota, Fla.

The Bulldogs initially attempted to hire Thad Matta away from Ohio State, but he promptly turned down the offer which led the head coaching search in the direction of Crean.

With two NCAA Tournament appearances during Mark Fox's middling nine-season tenure, the men's basketball job at Georgia doesn't appear to be great.

"His teams have consistently been participants in postseason play, and his players have been extremely successful in the classroom", McGarity said in a statement. "He's going to be a great fit for the University of Georgia", athletics director Greg McGarity said in a statement released by the school.

"I'm extremely excited to have him leading Georgia basketball into the future". Crean started his rounds in the coaching carousel by meeting with Pitt earlier this week to replace Kevin Stallings, but he left there without a deal. He compiled a 166-135 record from 2008-17.

IN hired Crean in 2008, but he never advanced past the Sweet 16 in nine years with the proud basketball school. Other coaches will have to wait seeing that they're in the NCAA tournament. Four years later, the Hoosiers sported a flawless score of 1000 and maintained that mark for four years.

The school announced the hire of the former IN and Marquette coach on Thursday night. Marquette also participated in three NITs under Crean and reached the 2004 quarterfinals.

IU was on the hook for a roughly $4 million buyout when Crean was let go a year ago, but most or all of the rest of that financial obligation will likely be offset with his new contract.

Georgia has scheduled a Friday news conference to introduce Crean.

Crean's winning ways were well established before he became a head coach.

Crean's new salary would have ranked among the top 10 nationally this season.

Crean also won two outright Big Ten regular season titles with the Hoosiers, in 2013 and 2016. He stayed there nine seasons and enjoyed a run to the Final Four with Dwyane Wade.

A native of Mount Pleasant, Mich., Crean graduated from Central Michigan in 1989.

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