Tom Crean to become next head coach at Georgia

Tom Crean to become next head coach at Georgia

Crean interviewed with Georgia officials on Thursday.

"Tom Crean is one of the most successful coaches in college basketball over the past two decades", Athletic Director Greg McGarity said. He's going to be a great fit for the University of Georgia.

"Make no mistake, this is a basketball program inside of a great university that can compete for championships doing it the right way", Crean said. "We will work diligently and with great energy to make everyone associated with the University of Georgia very proud of our efforts".

Georgia extended an offer to former Ohio State coach Thad Matta, but Matta announced Wednesday that he was turning down the job.

Crean, who will turn 52 on March 25, spent nine seasons at IN before being let go after an 18-16 campaign IN 2016-17.

Two other reports said the former IN and Marquette coach was offered the job during a meeting earlier IN the day.

Georgia finished this past season 18-15 overall and 7-11 in the Southeastern Conference. He stayed there nine seasons and enjoyed a run to the Final Four with Dwyane Wade.

Incidentally, Indiana fired Crean practically when first opening-round game of the 2017 tournament tipped off. Thamel's report comes exactly one year later on the basketball calendar.

Sources told CBS Sports that a search firm working on behalf of Georgia initially inquired about Xavier's Chris Mack and Texas' Shaka Smart, both of whom respectfully declined. That leaves its most recent tournament win in 1997. Crean is married to the former Joani Harbaugh, and they have three children - Megan (22), Riley (18) and Ainsley (12). Crean started his rounds in the coaching carousel by meeting with Pitt earlier this week to replace Kevin Stallings, but he left there without a deal.