Tom Crean is out at Indiana.
The Hoosiers fired their head coach on Thrusday after nine seasons. Indiana went 18-16 this season and lost in the first round of the NIT. It was the first time since the 2013-14 season that the Hoosiers missed the NCAA Tournament.
“Tom worked tirelessly to develop great young men and successful teams,” Indiana Athletic Director Fred Glass said in a statement. “However, ultimately, we seek more consistent, high levels of success, and we will not shy away from our expectations.”
Here is the full statement:
Statement from Indiana, announcing the departure of Tom Crean: pic.twitter.com/nKbUywvC2w
— Nicole Auerbach (@NicoleAuerbach) March 16, 2017
Crean, 50, won two Big Ten titles (2013, 2016) at Indiana and went 166-135 during his nine seasons. The Hoosiers reached the Sweet 16 three times under Crean, including in 2016, but never made it farther in the NCAA Tournament.
Indiana failed to reach the NCAA Tournament in both seasons after it won the Big Ten during the Crean era.
Crean took over at Indiana during the 2008-09 season, at one of the lowest points in the history of the Hoosiers program. After Kelvin Sampson left in the wake of recruiting violations, Crean took over a depleted roster and won just 28 games during his first three seasons. However, they turned things around with a 27-9 campaign in the 2011-12 season.
With Crean out the door, Indiana announced a national coaching search will begin immediately. The Hoosiers’ job figures to be the most notable coaching vacancy this offseason.
The Hoosiers made the announcement of Crean’s firing shortly after 12:15 p.m., when the first game of the 2017 NCAA Tournament tipped off.