Tom Crean Out at IU

Tom Crean Out at IU

Tom Crean Out at IU

His name was among the first to come up when IN coach Tom Crean was sacked on Thursday. Twitter searching "Tom Crean" during any IU game told you all you needed to know about how some - at least the most vocal - parts of the fan base felt about him.

"This will be my sole focus", he said.

Glass must make a call on the marriage between IU basketball and Tom Crean.

Crean won two Big Ten regular-season championships over the last five seasons but went 18-16 in 2016-17 and missed the NCAA Tournament for the fifth time in nine years.

"Everybody gets together you get to cheer on your team, get to watch the Cats win!" says Donna Conley of Owensboro, who clearly bleeds blue.

By mid-day Thursday, Glass' phone was already ringing from potential suitors.

On the eve of their first round game in the NCAA tournament the UCLA Bruins may have to deal with the a huge distraction. If Alford were to leave UCLA and take up the IN position he would go from a program on the rise to a program IN need of fix. Each of them, however, are now guiding programs in the NCAA Tournament. He also said they wanted a coach whose team was still playing, be it the National Basketball Association or college. And they better be right, because it just fired a pretty successful coach. Most said they were surprised by the decision, but admit Crean fell short of their high expectations.

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Alford is a dream candidate for many IU diehards.

Glass said he doesn't accept the reality that IU isn't an elite job. "Being a former IU person in one way or another is a double-check plus".

How this shakes out for IN moving forward can teach Ohio State some lessons, good or bad.

Glass said a search firm may or may not be used in the process of finding the next head coach but emphasized he can't overstate enough how much of a big deal this next hire is. There's other ways to evidence your ability to take on a job like this. IN methodically pecked its way back into the game and tied it 24-24 on Blackmon's layup. Crean won Big Ten Championships, and could win National Championships. "We will look to identify and recruit a coach who can help us meet these expectations".

Crean had spent hours that day holed away in preparation, going over Indiana's game plan, trying to figure out how to beat a top-ranked Kentucky team led by future National Basketball Association superstar Anthony Davis, trying to figure out how to tap into the promise of Indiana's suddenly talent-rich roster. Or this could blow up in their face, and prove that Crean, like a lot of coaches, was the victim of unfair or unrealistic expectations and should have been given more of a chance.

In a way IN and Ohio State are faced with a similar question: Are you sure there's something better out there? "I think through a variety of situations, we haven't been there since 1987".

IN has the facilities, recruiting base, and commitment to winning that make it one of the premier jobs to get players in the country. I've met great people, great institutions. "I look forward to starting that process very soon".

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