Indiana Fires Tom Crean After Nine Seasons

    Indiana has fired Tom Crean as its head basketball coach after nine seasons following a year in which the Hoosiers missed the NCAA Tournament.

    March 16, 2017

    Indiana has fired Tom Crean as its head basketball coach after nine seasons following a year in which the Hoosiers missed the NCAA Tournament.


    Tom Crean was supposed to take the Indiana Hoosiers back to the top of the basketball pyramid when he arrived in 2008. That never happened.

    Indiana has decided to fire Crean after nine seasons. This comes just days after a year that saw the Hoosiers go 18-16, including 7-11 in the Big Ten, and miss the NCAA Tournament.

    Crean took over a program that was in deep despair after the Kelvin Sampson tenure; a three-year span that ended with the Hoosiers being found guilty of multiple NCAA recruiting violations. In his first season in Bloomington, Crean’s Hoosiers were vastly undermanned, and struggled to a 6-25 record that saw only one win in 18 conference games.

    After a couple more rebuilding years, the Hoosiers finally broke through with a 27-9 record in 2011-12, making the NCAA Sweet 16. That was followed by a Big Ten Championship in 2012-13, but the Hoosiers faltered again in the Sweet 16.

    After a 17-15 season in 2013-14, Crean’s job status was in jeopardy, but back-to-back trips to the NCAA Tournament in the next two seasons, including a spot in the Sweet 16 last season, seemed to cool the hot seat.

    Crean will leave Indiana with an overall record of 166-135, including 71-91 Big Ten record.

    MORE: 2017 NCAA Tournament Bracket

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