Tom Crean was fired by the University of Indiana on March 16, 2017. The word of his firing dropped right before the start of the 2017 NCAA Tournament. Almost one full year later, Crean is back, and the news of him getting a new job happened right in the middle of a few games on Thursday evening.
Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN tweeted out that Crean will become the next head coach at the University of Georgia. The university fired Mark Fox, who was at the helm for nine seasons, last Saturday.
Wojnarowski’s report was confirmed by Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports, who also announced that Crean’s hiring could become official soon.
Shortly after that, Georgia made it official.
Crean spent nine years as the head coach at Indiana. Prior to joining the Hoosiers in 2008, Crean was the head coach at Marquette for nine years. He has accrued a 356-231 record during his tenure as a head coach, including three regular season conference championships (two of which came with Indiana) and a Final Four appearance in 2002-03 with the Golden Eagles.
Mark Weiszer of the Athens Banner-Herald later reported the financials of the deal.
While he spent this year as an analyst for ESPN, it was long assumed that a coach of Crean’s caliber would make it back onto the sidelines sooner rather than later. Thanks to the job opening in Athens, he’ll get that opportunity.