Georgia finalizing deal with basketball coach Tom Crean, reports say


Georgia finalizing deal with basketball coach Tom Crean, reports say

Former Indiana coach Tom Crean has agreed to a six-year contract worth $3.2 million annually to become the next men's basketball coach at Georgia, a source confirmed to CBS Sports on Thursday night. The Bulldogs have a vacancy after firing Mark Fox, who struggled to live up to expectations in his nine seasons on the job.

Before coming to Indiana, Crean coached Marquette for nine seasons and made the NCAA Tournament five times. After a 28-66 record in his first three seasons, in was 138-69 in his final six years, including Big Ten Championships in 2013 and 2016. But in his nine seasons, he only put together three teams that met the expectations of Hoosiers fans.

While Crean served as an ESPN analyst during the 2017-18 college basketball season, he remained a marquee name to fill potential openings.

Crean also was an assistant coach under Ralph Willard for one season at Pittsburgh in 1994-95. Crean was the Big Ten Coach of the Year in 2016.

"His teams have consistently been participants in postseason play, and his players have been extremely successful in the classroom", McGarity said. He began his career at IN with the program on NCAA probation, which was a result of more than 100 impermissible phone calls made to recruits by predecessor Kelvin Sampson and his assistants.

"I am honored an humbled to join the University of Georgia family", Crean said. He's going to be a great fit for the University of Georgia.

But an 18-16 record in 2016-17, with a first-round loss in the NIT, doomed Crean and he was sacked. His work has been featured on Sports Illustrated, ESPN.com, FOXSports.com, CBSSports.com and many others.

Crean's new salary would have ranked among the top 10 nationally this season.