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.
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.
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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