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Saturday, July 11, 2020

Tom Crean named new Georgia coach

Tom Crean

Tom Crean is heading to the SEC.

Crean finalized a six-year deal with Georgia that will pay him $3.2 million per season. The Bulldogs had a vacancy after firing Mark Fox, who struggled to live up to expectations in his nine seasons on the job.

Crean coached at Marquette and Indiana for nine seasons apiece. At Marquette, his teams reached the NCAA Tournament five times, made the Final Four once with Dwyane Wade, and finished the season ranked in the top 25 four times. At Indiana, Crean took four years to finally build a winner. But in his nine seasons, he only put together three teams that met the expectations of Hoosiers fans. Those teams never advanced beyond the Sweet 16, including the 2013 team that was ranked No. 1 in the country.

Crean, who turns 52 later this month, has been out of coaching since being fired a season ago. He also had interest from Pitt in addition to Georgia.

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