Tom Crean Reportedly Finalizing Contract to Become Georgia Head Coach

Tom Crean Reportedly Finalizing Contract to Become Georgia Head Coach

That nine-season run was highlighted by a trip to the Final Four in 2003, when junior guard Dwyane Wade led the Warriors and weeks later became an National Basketball Association top-five pick.

Tom Crean looks to be headed back to the college coaching ranks.

With two NCAA Tournament appearances during Mark Fox's middling nine-season tenure, the men's basketball job at Georgia doesn't appear to be great. "I'm extremely excited to have him leading Georgia Basketball into the future and to welcome his family into the Bulldog Nation".

Crean's hiring comes one day after former Ohio State coach Thad Matta withdrew from the Georgia coach search after becoming the first known candidate to interview for the job.

Nearly alongside the news of Fox's firing last Saturday, Mike DeCourcy of Sporting News reported Crean would be interested in the Georgia job.

Georgia finished this past season 18-15 overall and 7-11 in the Southeastern Conference.

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"I am honored and humbled to join the University of Georgia family", Crean said Thursday night in a release.

ESPN's Adrian Wojanrowski has reported Crean's contract is for six years.

Crean rebuilt the IN program from the scandal-ridden dust Kelvin Sampson left behind. Other coaches will have to wait seeing that they're in the NCAA tournament.

Crean previously served as head coach at IN and Marquette.

He also won the conference crown in 2012-13 and 2015-16 and guided in to three Sweet 16 appearances while coaching notable names such as Victor Oladipo, Cody Zeller, OG Anunoby and Noah Vonleh.

Camped out in Bloomington over the last year due to his high school aged kids, Crean has been a college basketball analyst for ESPN and ESPN Radio over the last year.