Report: Georgia makes ‘forward movement’ with Tom Crean after being turned down by Thad Matta

From one former Big Ten basketball coach to another, Georgia appears to have zeroed in on its “Plan B” in former Indiana coach Tom Crean.

After being turned down by former Ohio State coach Thad Matta on Wednesday, USA Today’s Dan Wolken reports that the Bulldogs administration has experienced “forward movement” in discussions with Crean on becoming the next Georgia men’s basketball coach.

Wolken reports that Georgia officials could have an in-person meeting with Crean as soon as Thursday, and that the level of urgency is pretty high given that the former Hoosiers and Marquette coach also is considered a candidate for intriguing openings at Pittsburgh and Connecticut.

Crean was the first of seven names mentioned in Seth Emerson’s breakdown of coaches the Bulldogs may turn to after Matta declined an offer to be Mark Fox’s replacement:

Tom Crean, former Indiana coach: Crean was contacted by representatives for UGA over the weekend, and he appears interested in the job. But Crean has also interviewed at Pittsburgh,  ESPN reported on Wednesday, so if Georgia has interest, it may need to act quickly.

Crean was 166-135 in nine seasons at Indiana before being ousted following the 2016-17 season. He made three Sweet 16 appearances in four trips to the NCAA Tournament with the Hoosiers.

Prior to his stint at Indiana, Crean was 190-96 during a nine-year stay at Marquette which included a trip to the Final Four in 2003. He did not coach during the 2017-18 basketball season, working as a college basketball analyst for ESPN.

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