Tom Crean Thanks IU Fans, Says Goodbye

Sam Beishuizen, Staff Writer
The Hoosier

USA Today

Tom Crean has left the building.

The former head basketball coach at Indiana Tweeted out a message signed by his entire family on Friday thanking Indiana fans and the city of Bloomington for supporting him over his time at IU.

Crean, who was fired after last season and replaced by Archie Miller, went 166-135 over nine seasons as the Hoosiers' head coach. He got IU into the NCAA Tournament four times and won two Big Ten Championships.

"We want to thank you all for being a part of our last nine years," Crean wrote. "We have been blessed to have spent 18 years and two tremendous schools and fan bases."

Despite being let go in mid-March, Crean has opted to wait on a public thank you to the university's supporters until now. In previous interviews he's spoken highly of the fan support but was also clearly upset with how the separation occurred.

Crean didn't shy away from Bloomington even after his firing. Within weeks of being let go he made an appearance at one of the IU women's basketball team's WNIT games watching as a fan.

Although Crean has been mentioned in the offseason as a coaching candidate for various schools there's been no clear connection as of yet. His plans for the future remain up in the air.

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