Source: Crean Holds Meeting To Announce Exit

BLOOMINGTON – Tom Crean is breaking the news to his basketball program tonight that he will be leaving the Golden Eagles and taking over the IU program.

BLOOMINGTON – Tom Crean is breaking the news to his basketball program tonight that he will be leaving the Golden Eagles and taking over the IU program.

A source close to the Marquette basketball program told HoosierNation.com that Crean called a 6 p.m. meeting with his players, coaching staff, and other personnel close to the team to let them know that he will be departing after nine years with the Golden Eagles.

ESPN is reporting that Crean is expected to be introduced as IU's new head coach Wednesday.

Crean departs after a successful nine-year run at the Milwaukee school. He compiled a 190-96 record and earned five trips to the NCAA Tournament, including a Final Four trip in 2003. He has guided the Golden Eagles to three straight trips to the tourney, including a second-round run this season that ended with an 82-81 overtime loss to Stanford.

Crean leaves behind a very good Marquette team that went 25-10 this past season. Barring any early departures for the NBA, Marquette should return its top four players from a year ago in Jerel McNeal, Dominic James, Wesley Mathews and Lazar Haywood, a core of players that could very well be a top-10 team when the preseason polls come out in the fall.

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