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Tom Crean to be hired as Georgia basketball coach

17 March 2018

Tom Crean, who for almost two decades has regularly led his basketball teams to national rankings and postseason bids, has been named head coach of the Georgia Bulldogs.

Crean will be introduced exactly one year to the day that he was sacked by IN in 2017. He coached the Hoosiers and Marquette for nine seasons each, totaling 356 victories with nine total NCAA tournament appearances.

"I am honored an humbled to join the University of Georgia family", Crean said.

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Crean averaged 23 wins in his last six seasons with the Hoosiers, which followed a wretched 28-66 mark his first three seasons.

Crean takes over a Georgia men's basketball program that slumped to mediocrity. Before that, he coached Marquette for nine seasons and advanced to the Final Four in 2003.

Sources told CBS Sports that a search firm working on behalf of Georgia initially inquired about Xavier's Chris Mack and Texas' Shaka Smart, both of whom respectfully declined.

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Georgia appears to be the only SEC job opening remaining, as Ole Miss expected to hire Middle Tennessee head coach Kermit Davis as early as Thursday. The Bulldogs have not been to the NCAA tournament since 2015.

"His teams have consistently been participants in postseason play, and his players have been extremely successful in the classroom", McGarity said in a statement. The Bulldogs reached the NCAA tournament just twice in nine years under Fox, including just once in the past seven seasons. He's going to be a great fit for the University of Georgia. Crean led Marquette to a Conference USA title and IN to two Big Ten regular season championships.

Crean coached nine seasons at IN before he was sacked IN March 2017.

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Tom Crean to be hired as Georgia basketball coach