Indiana media relations director J.D. Campbell has just sent out a press release saying there will be a news conference at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the Hoosier Room at Memorial Stadium to introduce Tom Crean as IU’s new men’s basketball coach.
Jared Jeffries: â€œI think itâ€™s a very good move. Heâ€™s proven himself to be a successful college coach at this level, a very good recruiter, recognize talent. Thatâ€™s who we need at Indiana, we need somebody who is going to be stable, a foundation for our future.â€
Isiah Thomas: â€œHeâ€™s got a brilliant basketball mind â€” definitely a good hire for Indiana â€” I was very vocal about Dan getting the job, but Tom is definitely qualified and will do an excellent job at Indiana. Any way that I can help him, I definitely will.â€
Source: Associated Press
Marquette University wishes Tom Crean, his wife Joani and the Crean family the very best as he pursues new professional opportunities. Tom and Joani have been an important part of our Marquette family for the past nine years, devoting countless hours not only to our men's basketball program but to other athletic and community endeavors as well.
Coach Crean has brought pride, honor and a winning mentality to our men's basketball program. It is no surprise that other universities would seek him out.
Coach Crean put Marquette back in the forefront of college basketball by embracing our strong tradition and building a competitive program for today.
Recently-dismissed IU players Armon Bassett, a junior next season, and Jamarcus Ellis, a senior, wouldn’t speak with me just a few minutes ago about Indiana’s decision to hire Tom Crean as their next basketball coach.
Both were joined by (former?) teammates DeAndre Thomas, Jordan Crawford and Brandon McGee for some pick-up basketball at the HPER on IU’s campus. Former IU player A.J. Ratliff was also playing, and freshman Eli Holman arrived near the end of their scrimmage.
Holman did say that he hadn’t spoken with anyone at IU (or Crean, for that matter) about the hire and there hasn’t been a team meeting of any sort. He’s planning to go home to Richmond, Calif. this Friday, discuss his options with his family, then decide on his future at Indiana by Wednesday.
“I’ll give anyone a chance,” Holman said.
Ratliff said he didn’t know what the future will hold for Ellis and Bassett.
Indiana University-signee Matt Roth was spending his Tuesday evening watching his high school baseball team play when he found out who the next coach at Indiana will be.
â€œTom Crean to IU,â€ a text message from a friend read.
Roth, who committed to Kelvin Sampson in November but said after the former IU coachâ€™s dismissal he would sit down with his parents and make a final decision, was thrilled at Indianaâ€™s hire and said he remains â€œ100 percent a Hoosier.â€
â€œI was excited right away when I heard,â€ he said. â€œHe had a great program at Marquette and has gained a lot of respect in the college basketball world. Heâ€™s also had a lot of great shooters to come along through there which is definitely a positive.â€
Roth, a 6-3 sharpshooter from Washington, Ill., says heâ€™s excited to talk with his future coach whenever that may be.
Calls to other IU recruits Devin Ebanks, Terrell Holloway and Tom Pritchard went unreturned. We’ll keep you updated on them.
11:10 p.m. UPDATE: Here are some more details from H-T reporter DeAntae Prince regarding today’s news that James Bailey’s IU football career is over.
â€œ(James) has done some good things for us,â€ Bill Lynch said after practice Tuesday. â€œWe wish him well because heâ€™s been a good performer for us.
â€œHeâ€™s going to try to play his fifth year somewhere else. Where that is I donâ€™t know, but weâ€™re going to try to help him.â€
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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.