Indiana fires Tom Crean at start of March Madness

After a one game exit at the NIT, Indiana fired Tom Crean.

After nine seasons at Indiana, Tom Crean is out as head coach.

"After deliberative thought and evaluation, including multiple meetings with Tom about the future, I have decided to make a change in the leadership of our men's basketball program," Indiana athletic director Fred Glass said in a statement released just as NCAA Tournament play began Thursday.

Indiana went166-135 (.551) during Crean's tenure, including an18-16 record in 2016-17. The Hoosiers had an interesting season, becoming the first team ever to defeat two No. 1 seeds in the regular season and not make the NCAA Tournament.

Instead, the Hoosiers accepted a bid to the NIT where they lost in a first round game to Georgia Tech.

Crean had some success in Indiana, however, including a Big Ten championship just a season ago. He reached the Sweet 16 three times during his nine seasons, with just one additional tournament appearance.

He previously led Marquette to five NCAA bids in nine seasons at the school.

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