Coaches Indiana should consider to replace Tom Crean

IU fans are giving mixed reviews on basketball coach Tom Crean and Indiana University's decision to fire him. IU has fired Crean after nine seasons in Bloomington. Also in that mix was a campaign two years ago that saw in finish 20-14 overall, going 9-9 in the Big Ten and being ousted in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

"That's never been something that I look at, whether it be that job or other jobs", said Alford, who led IN to the 1987 national title. Those disheartening losses, combined with the dismissal of head coach John Groce over the weekend, could have been the formula for a short-lived appearance in the NIT.

· IN recruited many high character kids and Crean was a positive figure IN the IU community: There's more to Crean's tenure than just basketball. Except that team didn't make the tournament. "I think sometimes, those of us who are so close to it at IN don't step back and recognize what an extraordinary job this is".

IN came out of the locker room hot, scoring 12 points in the first 3:26 of the second half, including an 8-0 run to give IU its first lead since the early minutes of the first half. The 6-foot-6 senior hit back-to-back 3-pointers, then added a jumper on the following possession to stake the Illini to a 10-4 lead with 16:52 remaining in the first half. He has 1,805 career points, which could put him in position to rank in the top-five all-time by this time next year. The IU athletic director wants somebody who can win Big Ten and national championships. The state consistent produces McDonald's All-Americans, and has been the home to numerous country's top prospects over the past several years.

None of these changes really came into play on Tuesday, as neither game was close enough to truly illicit any noticeable differences. "You're talking about arguably the greatest brand anywhere on the planet".

Crean did a nice job for the first five years of his IN run, and then the program fell into mediocrity.

Crean led the Hoosiers to outright regular-season Big Ten titles in both 2013 and 2016 - the only Big Ten coach to win multiple outright conference titles since 2008 - and led IU to the Sweet 16 three times but never to an Elite Eight. And, by the sound of it, no one fits the criteria for what IN is looking for IN its next coach more than him, either.

"We want somebody who is a proven victor, somebody who is a proven recruiter who has the ability and desire to recruit in the Midwest and especially in Indiana", Glass said.

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