Georgia has hired former IN and Marquette coach Tom Crean to be the Bulldogs' new basketball coach, the school announced Thursday. In nine seasons at Georgia, Fox compiled a record of 163 wins and 133 losses, leading the Bulldogs to two NCAA Tournament appearances.
Crean, 51, spent nine seasons at IN before being let go after an 18-16 campaign IN 2016-17. A 6-25 record in his first season (2008-09) and a 28-66 record over his first three seasons gave way to four NCAA Tournament bids and two outright Big Ten regular-season titles over a five-season span. But in his nine seasons, he only put together three teams that met the expectations of Hoosiers fans.
"Make no mistake, this is a basketball program inside of a great university that can compete for championships doing it the right way", Crean said in a statement released by the university.
It also works to Crean's advantage that Georgia doesn't hold Indiana-level of expectations for men's hoops.
"I've never lost the drive to coach, but I haven't (been) consumed with the fact I'm not coaching", Crean said, per Shannon Ryan of the Chicago Tribune. "His teams have consistently been participants in postseason play, and his players have been extremely successful in the classroom".
Crean has spent this season as an ESPN analyst. He took over a program facing NCAA probation and scholarship restrictions.
A source told CBS Sports early Thursday that Crean would likely accept an offer from Georgia barring any unexpected issues. He's going to be a great fit for the University of Georgia. In 10 seasons from 1989-99, Crean was a member of the staffs at Michigan State, Western Kentucky and Pittsburgh.