Georgia and Tom Crean are finalizing a deal to bring the former Hoosier head man to Athens, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowsiki. The highly photogenic Crean takes over a Georgia club that let go of former coach Mark Fox after this year’s SEC tournament.
Crean was fired from Indiana on the first Thursday of last year’s NCAA tournament, and his one year sabbatical comes to an end a year to the day later. In nine seasons at the helm in Bloomington, Crean saw the Hoosiers off to four Big Dance appearances, but lackluster performances in those postseasons and an 18-16 campaign in his last year spelled his end as head of one of the most storied hoops programs in the country.
Crean spent a year away from coaching college ball, but his name continually popped up as this or that club parted ways with their head coach. Pittsburgh reportedly met with him as recently as Tuesday.