Indiana Coach Under Fire After Team Struggles Through the Season
There has been speculation about Indiana coach Tom Crean’s continued job status after the Hoosiers were eliminated from the Men’s College Basketball Tournament. Wichita State beat Indiana 81-76 in round 64 in the Midwest region. The Hoosiers also lost their last three games in the regular season and ten out of fifteen games overall. In his seven years at Indiana, Crean, 48, is 121-111.
While Crean did not address rumors about him being fired, he talks like a coach who does expect to return for the next season, stating that the team will be focused on getting better and improving in their weaker areas. He also says that the team has to be consistent and stay on course, and that he has seen improvement throughout the year even though their record does not reflect it.
If Indiana decides to fire Crean before the 30th of June, they will have to pay him at least 10.6 million dollars, however after July first, his severance pay will have dropped to 7.5 million dollars. On Friday, Indiana started two freshmen and two sophomores, along with junior Yogi Ferrell. The team was leading 39-36 by halftime, but surrendered to Wichita State in the second half.