"Our fans deserve to storm the court", Crean said at the time. If the Illini can get by that one, they'll have no problem waking up for a potential round-three matchup against in-state rival Illinois State (27-6), the top seed in the quadrant. IU Athletics Director Fred Glass says a search for Crean's successor will begin immediately.
When Crean arrived at IN, the place was a mess IN the wake of the disastrous Kelvin Sampson era.
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Somewhat surprising: Harbaugh blasted 49ers owner Jed York and former general manager Trent Baalke in expressing his support for Crean. IU didn't make the prestigious NCAA tournament, settled bid in the NIT and lost the first game. "He had enough time to prove himself". That was the turning point for many people's feelings about Crean's coaching. They proceeded to lose five games in a row during Big Ten conference season play.
Rosenberg also spoke with John Harbaugh and Jack Harbaugh for the story on Crean, who had a 166-135 record and three Sweet 16 appearances in his nine seasons at Indiana. Marshall has taken the Shockers just about as high as they can go - to the Final Four, to an undefeated regular season.
From 1995 to 2011, IN advanced to one Sweet 16 and shared one Big 10 regular season championship, with Bob Knight at the controls for the first six seasons of that stretch. You have to win, and you have to win every year. On Thursday, for better or worse, their wishes were granted.
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"That's never been something I look at, whether it be that job or other jobs", he said. "I was surprised. Put it this way: I'm in a wheelchair, and I nearly got up and danced".
Then Indiana said that wasn't true, and that the real reason it didn't want to host an NIT game was because its students were on spring break (even though 11 of the 16 designated NIT hosts are on spring break). IU declined because its students were on spring break. His buyout drops from $7.8 million to $5.2 million on May 1.
On the surface, the 6-3 Hunter appeared to be exactly the type of recruit Crean coveted when he arrived at IN nine years ago: an explosive Indianapolis guard who is likely, barring injury, to end his high school career as the leading scorer IN Marion County history.
In the end, Glass said he made the decision not because it would be the popular thing to do.
Crean enjoyed the fourth-longest coaching stint and third-most wins in program history.