A coach that has been mentioned on most lists of potential LSU men’s basketball candidates to replace Johnny Jones, Indiana’s Tom Crean, is officially on the market.
Crean, 50, was fired Thursday after nine seasons at Indiana. His dismissal came less that 48 hours after the Hoosiers’ season ended with a loss to Georgia Tech in the first round of the NIT on Tuesday night.
Under Crean, Indiana won Big Ten titles in 2013 and again in 2016. But the Hoosiers went 7-11 in conference play this past season and failed to reach the NCAA tournament for the second time in four years.
“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,” IU athletic director Fred Glass said in a statement.
Crean, who was hired by Indiana after leading Marquette to the NCAA tournament in five of nine seasons there with a visit to the Final Four in 2003, was only 166-135 (.551) at IU with a 71-91 (.438) record in Big Ten play.
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He had just three winning seasons in the conference, but still earned four NCAA bids and got the Hoosiers to the Sweet 16 three times — including 2016.
Crean, however, was credited with bringing the program back after recruiting violations that rocked the program resulted in the resignation of former coach Kelvin Sampson.