Tom Crean to become next head coach at Georgia

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Georgia fired its former head coach, Mark Fox, last Saturday after the Bulldogs missed the NCAA Tournament for the third season in a row.

Tom Crean looks to be headed back to the college coaching ranks. IN was 28-66 in his first three seasons before compiling a 138-69 mark in his final six years in Bloomington, including a pair of outright Big Ten Championships in 2013 and 2016. The Bulldogs acted quickly to hire Crean, who has a career record of 356-231.

Georgia finished this past season 18-15 overall and 7-11 in the Southeastern Conference. His teams have consistently been participants in postseason play, and his players have been extremely successful in the classroom.

"I am honored and humbled to join the University of Georgia family", Crean said. "He's going to be a great fit for the University of Georgia", athletics director Greg McGarity said in a statement released by the school. "I'm extremely excited to have him leading Georgia Basketball into the future and to welcome his family into the Bulldog Nation". It's clear the Yahoo report regarding former Crean assistant Chuck Martin hurt his cause on getting another job. Crean inherited a program in the midst of a massive embarrassment of scandal brought on by Kelvin Sampson. The 2016 Big Ten Coach of the Year guided IN to two outright Big Ten regular-season titles and a No. 1 seed IN the 2013 NCAA Tournament IN those nine seasons.

Tom Crean is finalizing an agreement to become the next coach at Georgia, sources tell ESPN.

Incidentally, Indiana fired Crean practically when first opening-round game of the 2017 tournament tipped off. Thamel's report comes exactly one year later on the basketball calendar.

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