Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Indian University will hire Marquette’s Tom Crean as its basketball coach and is expected to introduce him at a news conference Wednesday.
University trustee Philip Eskew confirmed the hiring. Eskew said Crean had signed a letter-of-intent with the university and was meeting with his team Tuesday night.
Team spokesman J.D. Campbell said a news conference had yet to be scheduled.
The hiring comes near the end of a tumultuous six-week period in which former Hoosiers coach Kelvin Sampson resigned amid an NCAA scandal, interim coach Dan Dakich replaced him and then lost four of seven games.
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I spoke briefly with St. Anthony senior Tyshawn Taylor who has committed to Marquette. He and his teammates were being honored at the Nets game for winning the Tournament of Champions.
“It came as a big surprise,” Taylor, a first-team Associated Press All-State selection, said of the Crean news.
Taylor said he spoke briefly with St. Anthony coach Bob Hurley about the situation and Hurley advised Taylor “to wait it out and see who gets the Marquette job.”
“I”m going to try to wait it out but I might have to start looking around and talking to people,” he said.
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.