Georgia finalizes agreement to hire Tom Crean as head coach

Georgia needs a new basketball coach, and the program is exploring the possibility of hiring current ESPN analyst Tom Crean.

Crean spent the a year ago working as an analyst with ESPN after being dismissed from Indiana.

"I am honored an humbled to join the University of Georgia family", Crean said in the statement. After a 28-66 record in his first three seasons, in was 138-69 in his final six years, including Big Ten championships in 2013 and 2016.

Crean takes over a Georgia men's basketball program that slumped to mediocrity.

After former Ohio State coach Thad Matta turned down the Georgia position on Wednesday, it appears that the school is interested in another top coaching candidate. Before that, he coached Marquette for nine seasons and advanced to the Final Four in 2003.

Tom Crean appears poised to return to coaching.

Georgia fired its former head coach, Mark Fox, last Saturday after the Bulldogs missed the NCAA Tournament for the third season in a row. He guided the Hoosiers to a 166-135 record that was highlighted by trips to the NCAA tournament's Sweet 16 in 2012, 2013 and 2016.

He has also reportedly drawn interest from Pittsburgh, who recently parted ways with second-year head coach Kevin Stallings after going winless in ACC play this season.

Crean eventually took over one of college basketball's blue-blood programs following his tenure at Marquette when the IN job opened after Kelvin Sampson resigned IN 2008 because of a recruiting violations scandal. That leaves its most recent tournament win in 1997.

Crean, who will turn 52 on March 25, will be introduced at a news conference scheduled for Friday.

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