On Thursday, Indiana fired men’s basketball coach Tom Crean, who led the program for nine seasons. However, he failed to guide the Hoosiers past the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament. In the 2012-13 season, the team was a No. 1 seed in the Big Dance, but lost to Syracuse in the Sweet 16.
Michigan football coach Jim Harbaugh, who is Crean’s brother-in-law, showed his support for Crean. Moreover, he compared the situation to what he experienced with the San Francisco 49ers, who let him go in December 2014.
“Much like my situation in San Francisco, the people that are doing the micromanaging … when it comes to building a ball team, what they know could not blow up a small balloon,” Harbaugh said. “In my case, an owner and a general manager. In his case, an administration. They are so similar in that way. And he still wins two Big Ten championships outright.”
Harbaugh is still evidently irritated by the 49ers, who fired him instead of mutually parting ways, according to the now-Wolverines coach. Nevertheless, Indiana athletic director Fred Glass released an encouraging message toward Crean on Thursday after the firing.
“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,” Glass said in a statement. “Tom Crean brought us through one of the most challenging periods in IU basketball history, led his players to many successes in the classroom and on the court and represented our university with class and integrity.”