Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Coaching, smoaching: Marquette coach Tom Crean to Indiana University?

That's the word according to ESPN.
Trying to put a tumultuous few months behind it, Indiana University is on the verge of naming a new coach, Tom Crean of Marquette, a source with the school told ESPN.com's Andy Katz on Tuesday.

The Hoosiers have to hope that the hiring goes more smoothly than the awkward parting with former coach Kelvin Sampson.

Indiana is awaiting a signed letter of agreement from Crean before a deal is finalized, and a tentative news conference has been scheduled for Wednesday to make an announcement.[...]

Crean, who took the Dwyane Wade-led Golden Eagles to the Final Four in 2003, just completed a 25-10 season. Marquette lost to Stanford in the second round of the NCAA tournament.

Crean is 190-96 in nine seasons at Marquette and has taken the Golden Eagles to the NCAA tournament five times. Before that, he was an assistant at Michigan State, Pittsburgh and Western Kentucky.

In September 2006, Marquette gave Crean an extension running through the 2016-17 season. The contract makes him one of the highest-paid coaches in college basketball.
We think that Indiana made a great choice in Tom Crean...if this is official.

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