Indiana fires Tom Crean just as the NCAA Tournament begins

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Indiana coach Tom Crean has been fired after nine often lackluster seasons.

Athletic director Fred Glass announced the decision Thursday as the NCAA Tournament was beginning.

Indiana failed to make the NCAA Tournament and lost to Georgia Tech in the first round of the NIT on 

Crean won two Big Ten regular-season championships over the last five seasons but went 18-16 this year and missed the NCAA Tournament for the fifth time in nine years — including each of his first three seasons after taking over a gutted team following an NCAA scandal.

The 50-year-old Crean went 166-135 at Indiana overall.

Business Insider's Cork Gaines contributed to this report.


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