IU to announce Crean hiring at 11 a.m. press conference Wednesday


UPDATE (6:45): IU plans to announce the Crean hiring at a 11 a.m. press conference. The university may issue a press release on the announcement tonight. (9:25 p.m. update/correction): The time of the press conference has been corrected now that IU has announced it will be at 11 a.m. We were previously told it would be an hour earlier.

The Associated Press has also confirmed the selection of Crean through IU trustee Phil Eskew, who said Crean has signed a letter of agreement to coach the Hoosiers.

We don’t have contract details yet, but it appears that IU will sign Crean to a long-term contract that will make him one of the best paid coaches in college basketball. In 2006, Marquette gave Crean a contract extension through the 2016-17 season for a $1.65 million per year salary.

UPDATE (6:42): The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reached a Marquette player Tuesday afternoon who had just heard that Crean was leaving to become head coach at IU.

The player told Journal-Sentinel reporter Todd Rosiak that he’d just learned of the news. Another had no knowledge that Crean was apparently preparing to leave for Indiana.

“Not right away I don’t,” said the player when asked if he had a comment. “It’s real shocking.”

It’s believed Crean was scheduled to meet with his Golden Eagles players later Tuesday to explain his decision.

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UPDATE (6:12): The H-T has now received a second confirmation that Tom Crean will likely be named the next basketball coach at Indiana. This one comes from within the Marquette program.

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The H-T has confirmed that Tom Crean will be named Indiana’s next basketball coach. A press conference is expected to be held Wednesday to announce the decision.

Crean, 42, has averaged 20 wins a year in nine seasons at Marquette. His teams made eight postseason appearances including the 2003 Final Four.

This season, the Golden Eagles had a 25-10 record. They lost to Stanford in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Coming into this season, Crean had a .657 winning percentage. He previously was an assistant coach at Michigan State and Western Kentucky.

We’ll provide further information on the Crean hiring tonight.

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58 comments:

  • Dynasty says:

    Sounds good, FUTURE IU = “CREAN BEANSSSSSSSS!!!!” “Crean Eggs and Ham!!!” and “Creaner’ then Kelvin”!!

  • Stephen says:

    “Crean and bare it” more like it.

  • SanDiegoHoosierAlum says:

    This is a great hire and I’m am very pleased as an alum. Not quite the fire power of Calipari but he has none of the “issues” that seemingly followed Coach Cal. Crean will be here for 20 years and will do a great job. He is very similar to Miller except with a little more seasoning at Marquette and a final 4 on his resume. Plays a fun, yet tough minded defensive style too. We backed into this one big time but the tide has turned. Welcome to the Hoosier Nation Coach Crean!

  • James C says:

    Let’s go “Crean and Crimson”! I bet he can run a “Crean program”. Maybe even take a few of the loudmouth schools to the “Creaners” next year.

    OK…enough with the word play. If he is coach there will be plenty of time for innovative headlines with wins and losses….

    “Hoosiers Crean House in effort to rebuild for future”

  • James C says:

    McRobbie had said he wanted someone with Final Four experience so I would think Crean may have been the real target all along.

    Don’t doubt the Australian’s melon (McRobbie’s brain)

  • Dick says:

    FABULOUSSSSS CHOICE. I DON’T THINK IT GET’S ANY BETTER THAN THIS.
    WOW! THIS SAD CHAP WHO HAS BEEN A FUNK THE LAST FEW DAYS IS NOW JUMPING AND SCREAMING THROUGH THE HOUSE!
    GO IU WE GOT THE “CREAN” OF THE CROP!

  • Kenny_G says:

    Coach, get your butt up to Ebank’s house ASAP!

    Next year’s team can be better than this year’s like wisconsin improved over last year.

  • adam says:

    Doug, any idea when and where the press conference will be? I think Clinton is supposed to be having a rally there in the afternoon. Any chance they bump him?

  • Jackie T says:

    EXCELLENT CHOICE!! If nothing else, Crean is a guy up to a challenge with the possibility of sanctions looming. Now it is time for Crean to talk to Bassett and Ellis and everyone else and see if they can start fresh with a “crean” slate. Ditto on the trip to Ebank’s house. I’ll pay the gas money!!!!!!!

    Excited about going to next years games again! Funny, I just realized I was no where near this excited at any point since Sampson was introduced.

    GO HOOOOOSIERS!

  • Michael Noveck says:

    Could’ve been a lot worse, and this is a good way to stop the bleeding. Please tell me that Crean sends Dakich packing and hopefully he’s allowed to discuss the possibility of extending an olive branch to Ellis and Bassett.

  • 10-96 says:

    Bassett and Ellis are gone.

  • Laffy says:

    I think he will recruit like crazy.

  • Andy says:

    Great news! First order of business: get Ebanks, Armon, and Jarmarcus back on board!

  • James C says:

    Now he is the equal of his brother-in-law (Jim Harbaugh) at Stanford. Both are coaches at Universities where academics matter and athletic success follows with hard work.

  • IU Student and Fan says:

    I DREAM OF CREANIE!!!!

  • Michael Noveck says:

    Dakich, if the dismissal of Ellis and Bassett was ruled solely by you and they don’t come back, I will (really really want to) harm you.

  • Swampy says:

    THIS. IS. AWESOME!!!

    It feels like I’m forgetting something…

    Oh, right: Get rid of Rickity Slickity Teflon No-Stick “I’m not a fan of the job you’ve done” Greeny-Greeny-Greenspan!

  • Walt says:

    I am extremely happy with this hire. You won’t find a more well spoken, respectful, gentelman than Tom Crean. And with IU and the type of athlelte that he can get here, he will be a BIG winner! GO HOOSIERS!!!!

  • Zach says:

    Crean can just reinstate bassett and ellis right.

  • Dynasty says:

    I HIGHLY doubt Ebanks is coming back to IU. If you guys go to rivals.com they say there is a huge possibility he could be headed off to Memphis or Texas (it’s on the front page).

  • Chad says:

    Great Hire!!! It’s reported that he will be flying in on Fuzzy’s plane at 8:52pm to Bloomington.

  • Ron says:

    THANK YOU, COACH CREAN !!!

  • bam says:

    If this is true then maybe Greenspan isn’t a complete moron. I would hope all the talk about Montgomery and Kruger was just absurd speculation because Crean should have been a top three candidate from day one. Miller, Bennett, Crean. The guy has been successful at a school with no football funding in the Big East no less. Hoosier nation needs to exhale and get back to supporting IU instead of bashing every nit picking thing. I’m not really concerned if Bassett or Ellis don’t return. Just keep Crawford and get Ebanks and Hollaway to recommit.

    GO HOOSIERS!!!

  • roho says:

    DON’T FORGET WE STILL HAVE TO DEAL WITH NCAA RULES COMMITTE. I THINK MILES BRAND IS NOT THRU WITH US YET

  • IU Jimmy says:

    Welcome to Bloomington Coach Crean!

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