After nine seasons, Tom Crean is out as the Indiana Hoosiers head coach the school announced Thursday.
“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,” Indiana athletic director Fred Glass said in a statement. “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.”
Crean accomplishments at Indiana include three Sweet 16 berths and a No. 1 seed in 2013 after the Hoosiers were able to win the Big Ten.
However Crean’s problems at Indiana were pretty glaring. On top of missing the NCAA Tournament entirely the in two of the past four seasons (including this year), Crean’s record of 166-135 is the second lowest winning percentage (.551) among Indiana basketball head coaches of all-time.
This season, Crean managed to lose 16 games for the second time in his Indiana tenure finishing 18-16 overall and 7-11 in the Big Ten. This despite early season wins over Kansas and North Carolina, two number one seeds in this year’s NCAA Tournament.
The last straw however could have been the Hoosiers bowing out in the first round of the NIT after a 75-63 loss to Georgia Tech.