Former IU coach Tom Crean accepts job at Georgia

  • 03/15/2018 7:52 pm in

Former Indiana coach Tom Crean has landed his next head coaching job.

As first reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, Crean finalized a deal to become the next head coach at the University of Georgia on Tuesday.

“I am honored an humbled to join the University of Georgia family,” Crean said in a release issued by Georgia. “I am sincerely grateful to President Morehead and Greg McGarity for an incredible opportunity. Make no mistake, this is a basketball program inside of a great university that can compete for championships doing it the right way.

“We will work diligently and with great energy to make everyone associated with the University of Georgia very proud of our efforts. We’re going to need everyone in the Bulldog Nation to help us to create the energy and excitement that will take Georgia to the highest levels of success.”

The deal is for six years and will pay Crean $3.2 million annually, according to Marc Weiszer of the Athens Banner-Herald.

Crean, who went 166-135 over nine seasons in Bloomington, was fired last March. He spent this season working as a studio and game analyst for ESPN.

Georgia reportedly offered its job to former Ohio State coach Thad Matta earlier in the week, but Matta turned down the position. The Bulldogs acted quickly to hire Crean, who has a career record of 356-231.

Crean’s hiring at Georgia means that Indiana’s financial responsibility to pay the remainder of his contract buyout is likely complete.

According to Crean’s employment contract at Indiana, if he obtains a comparable position, the University’s obligation to pay him is offset and reduced dollar-for-dollar based on the compensation received at his new position.

Georgia finished this past season 18-15 overall and 7-11 in the Southeastern Conference. The Bulldogs have not been to the NCAA tournament since 2015.

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  • coachv

    ucla has a loaded class coming in. you think ucla wants to fire alford? guess it’s possible. ucla kind of mirrors indiana. schools and their fans desperately trying to resurrect a glorious past. crean and alford tantalizing, yet ultimately disappointing

  • coachv

    i think georgia should have held out for ron hunter

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    Yes indeed, perfect example

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    Oh man jimmy b would hate that!

    So I guess Georgia instead will be th future home of the next priller! Hope koko don’t read this. 😉

  • Koko

    Maybe coach Crean will hire Priller as one of his assistant coaches.
    What do you think of that dorkman?

  • Sherronhasaheadache

    Tom Crean is a good man, a players coach. good luck to you

  • Hoosieriniowa

    That would be a surprise as he got some pretty good minutes as a freshman but there are a lot guards coming and if RL signs (I don’t think he is) it will make the competition pretty tough. Then again maybe a three guard rotation is where it is heading. I was wondering if the Watford kid will be interested in GA. Not far from bama and his family does travel to see their kids play.

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    Yes, love that idea! I think CTC owes him that much

  • Koko

    I guess that free college degree ala Crean means nothing?

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    ok sure. but CTC also lured him from what surely would have been a successful D2 career. heck, by his senior season he might have worked his way up to 3rd man off the bench!

  • Koko

    Pure speculation on your part dorkman.

  • Tommy Morrsion

    This just in: John Calipari has stated in an unprecedented move that his Kentucky Wildcats will not be travelling to Athens, GA to play the Bulldogs in the regular season. He is proposing a neutral site game in Nashville with the option of a home series in the future.

  • Vernon Aldrich

    I finally have a reason to favor an SEC basketball squad…

  • BBB

    I know Crean wasn’t the long-term solution for Indiana, but I really think he was the perfect guy to bring them back from the Kelvin Sampson debacle. Great guy, and I wish him the best.

  • RMK Assembly Hall

    Add Georgia to my list of teams to root for when I’m not watching Indiana. Congrats CTC!

  • kurk81

    Thank heavens the headlines aren’t “Sources Say Alford Out at Indiana.”

  • Zach

    Good landing spot for Coach Crean best of luck to him. Ole Calipari’s not gonna be able to run from the #Creanaissance any longer plus he can use the same red ties he already has #PeachesNCrean


    Good point, ” if ” a player was weighing the decision this could be just enough to make them take a long look. Probably like you, just kinda thinking out loud, cause I know the inevitable, ” fine let ’em go, if they aren’t sure they wanna be at IU then I don’t want them here anyway ” crowd will rear it’s head. lol

  • Hoosier in the Bend

    I am glad to see him going back to coaching and wish him nothing but success…as long as he isn’t playing the Hoosiers. Also, here’s to hoping he becomes a pain in Calipari’s butt.

  • AndyCapp

    Followed by #1 Duke 😉

  • calbert40

    I think Georgia is a good landing spot for Crean. I think expectations were a big part of Crean’s downfall at IU, but that won’t be an issue at Georgia. If he had a 6 year streak at UG like he had at IU (4 NCAA, 3 Sweet 16s, 1 NIT, 2 conference titles), they will name the floor Tom Crean Court.

    I think he’s a good man who did a better job at IU than he’s given credit. I will always look favorably at Crean’s tenure, because he brought us back from the brink, and he did it the right way. Good Luck, Coach, and Go Dawgs!

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  • BluegrassHoosier

    Incorrect but don’t let facts stop your insults.

  • Hoosieriniowa

    It will be interesting to see who his assistants will be? Former or current IU coaches?

  • Speed

    The SEC is trending better so UK may not be an automatic in the future. Coach Crean adding to their misery would be icing on the cake.

  • pdhoosier

    Who from the current staff? Weren’t they all, save for elston, hired by AM?

  • SCHoosier

    I hope he kicks +++ and takes names at GA.

  • mark

    “the right way” is something we should all be so grateful for these days. The real problem is that the Big Ten is so hyper competitive. Every team has a great coach and good if not great players. The only team that has been able to sustain success year in and year out over the past decade is Michigan State.

  • mark

    You hit that nail right on the head. Definitely that put IU at a disadvantage for some of the five star recruits. And that included some of the big men that IU really could have used. But thank God he stuck to his conscience and the rule book.
    Glad to see all the positive comments here because he was a good man and a good coach, just not the great coach that we all wanted

  • HoosierBballNut

    I wouldn’t be surprised if DG transfers to Georgia..

  • Yeah, he won’t be getting any “current IU coaches”…

  • I’m a little confused here: why do you say “there are a lot of guards coming”? That’s not true. If we don’t land Romeo, then we don’t have a single guard coming — it’s why Archie is apparently scouring the grad transfer and Juco markets for guards to bring in. As it stands right now, both AD and DG are golden in terms of playing time.

  • HoosierBballNut

    Michigan has managed to over achieve several seasons since 2010 as well…

  • John D Murphy

    It is well documented that TC ignored Watford while he was at IU. Why would Watford be remotely interested in him now?

  • John D Murphy

    That Arizona team quit. Sometimes you have the wrong group of players. Sean Miller is good coach, I just don’t know if he is a crooked one or not.

  • Lynn

    Don’t forget Phinisee..

  • John D Murphy

    Maybe Arizona. That would certainly be a better job than GA.

  • Oh, man, how in the world did I forget Phinisee?!? Yeesh. Right, we’ll have AD, DG, and RP, and then I also forgot ZM. Still not a lot of guards “coming” nor on the roster, we could use a couple more.

  • John D Murphy

    Speaking of former IU…just saw Sampson lose to Michigan on a last second shot. I haven’t cheered for Michigan that hard since the last game of the year in 1987 when Antoine Jobert dropped Purdue giving IU a share of the Big Ten title. Also, didn’t know Devin Davis went to Houston. Glad to see he is ok but playing for Sampson was basically giving IU and TC the double birds on the way out. Shame.

  • eljay

    Except when they’re playing IU, I’ve always liked UM’s program and coach. Their program appears to do things the right way.

    Which is why my response to my wife last night when she asked who was playing the late game was: “Literally, it’s good vs. evil.”