On Wednesday, ESPN reported that Tom Crean met with Pittsburgh about the program’s coaching vacancy. However, it appears that the former Indiana basketball coach is keeping his options open for his next coaching job.
According to USA TODAY Sports’ Dan Wolken, Crean has emerged as a candidate for the head-coaching job at Georgia. Wolken wrote in a tweet that there was “forward movement” on Wednesday between Georgia and Crean and that a meeting between the two is expected on Thursday.
Of course, this comes in the wake of former Ohio State basketball coach Thad Matta reportedly turning down a job offer from Georgia on Wednesday.
Sources: In the wake of getting turned down by Thad Matta, there was forward movement yesterday between Georgia and Tom Crean. Meeting expected as soon as today.
— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) March 15, 2018
Crean, 51, hasn’t coached since the 2016-17 college basketball season. He spent nine seasons at Indiana from 2008-2017. In that span, the Hoosiers went 166-135 and made it to four NCAA Tournaments. In addition, Indiana made it to the Sweet Sixteen three times with Crean (2012, 2013 and 2016).
Crean also had success at Marquette, where he coached for nine seasons before joining Indiana in 2008. With the Golden Eagles, Crean had an overall record of 190-96. In those nine seasons, Marquette made the NCAA Tournament five times, making it to the Final Four in 2003.