Many people dismiss Crean for the job that he did at IN, never taking the team further than the Sweet Sixteen IN nine years.
He led the Hoosiers to four NCAA Tournament appearances, and during his time at Marquette, led the Golden Eagles to a Final Four in 2003. "I'm extremely excited to have him leading Georgia Basketball into the future and to welcome his family into the Bulldog Nation". Crean's career record is 356-201. Mark Bradley of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported he was interested in the Georgia job after ESPN.com's Jeff Goodman and Jeff Borzello reported the Bulldogs fired Mark Fox.
Crean, who will turn 52 on March 25, spent nine seasons at IN before being let go after an 18-16 campaign IN 2016-17.
"Make no mistake, this is a basketball program inside of a great university that can compete for championships doing it the right way", Crean said.
"I am honored an humbled to join the University of Georgia family", Crean said. Crean started his rounds in the coaching carousel by meeting with Pitt earlier this week to replace Kevin Stallings, but he left there without a deal. 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.
On the first full day of the 2018 NCAA Tournament, Tom Crean gained a new job with the Georgia Bulldogs. He was also the head coach at Marquette from 1999-2008. Crean made four NCAA Tournaments and won two Big Ten titles, but also missed five NCAA Tournaments and finished unranked six times.
Camped out in Bloomington over the last year due to his high school aged kids, Crean has been a college basketball analyst for ESPN and ESPN Radio over the last year.