Welcome to another edition of 6-Banner Saturday, where we highlight the six most essential IU basketball stories of the past week.
And what a week it was for IU basketball.
After declining to host an NIT game, Indiana fell victim to Georgia Tech in Atlanta, abruptly ending their season.
Let us never speak of that game again.
But what really sent shockwaves around the college basketball world came less than 40 hours later, when the athletic department announced Tom Crean had been fired from his position as head coach.
Crean ends his tenure as the third winningest coach in program history, behind only Bobby Knight and Branch McCracken.
So this week, we fondly remember the Crean era, while looking ahead to the future of the program.
In this week’s edition:
- End of an era
- Crean’s best moments
- Alford to IU?
- Story of Clarence Walker
Let’s hang some banners …
End of an era
Thursday morning, just as the first round of March Madness was tipping off, Indiana University issued a press release announcing the firing of Tom Crean.
Although not completely surprising, the timing was certainly interesting, especially considering that in his postgame presser after the NIT loss to Georgia Tech, Crean was already talking about next season at Indiana.
So what exactly happened between Tuesday night and Thursday morning? Zach Osterman of the Indy Star has the details.
Bonus: Alex Bozich of Inside the Hall provides his five takeaways from the Tom Crean era.
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