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.
INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana fired head coach Tom Crean after nine seasons just as the NCAA Tournament got underway on Thursday.
Crean, 50, went 166-135 in nine seasons, with four NCAA Tournament appearances and three Sweet Sixteens. He won two Big Ten championships (2013, ’16) and was named Big Ten Coach of the Year in 2016.
The Hoosiers went 18-16, 7-11 in the Big Ten this season while battling various injuries.
His buyout was reportedly $4,000,000.
Among the names that could be linked to the opening are UCLA’s Steve Alford, the former Indiana star under Bob Knight, Butler’s Chris Holtmann, Dayton’s Archie Miller, Xavier’s Chris Mack and Wichita State’s Gregg Marshall.
Crean is the second Big Ten coach to be fired in less than a week, following Illinois parting ways with John Groce.
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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.