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Indiana Hoosiers Extend Basketball Coach Tom Crean Through 2020 Season

ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 23:  Head coach Tom Crean of the Indiana Hoosiers reacts against the Kentucky Wildcats during the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball South Regional Semifinal game at the Georgia Dome on March 23, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer INovember 9, 2012

Indiana athletic director Fred Glass announced on Friday that the Hoosiers have signed Tom Crean to an extension that would run through the 2020 season, according to Jeff Rabjohns of Peegs.com.

Rabjohns tweeted on Friday:

Indiana AD Fred Glass announced IU has extended Tom Crean's contract through 2020.

— Jeff Rabjohns (@JeffRabjohns) November 10, 2012

 

After three tough seasons, the 46-year-old coach guided Indiana to a 27-9 record (11-7 Big Ten) last season while making it to the Sweet 16.

That included wins over New Mexico State and VCU in the NCAA Tournament before getting defeated by eventual national champion Kentucky.

Beyond that, Crean had a hand in Indiana's 2012 recruiting class being ranked No. 11 in the country by ESPN, landing Top 100 recruits Yogi Ferrell, Jeremy Hollowell and Hanner Mosquera-Perea.

Under Crean's guidance, the Hoosiers made it to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2002, when they made it all the way to the national championship game.

He was also named the National Coach of the Year by ESPN.com and Big Ten Coach of the Year by Sporting News in 2011-12.

Crean was head coach at Marquette from 1999-2008 before joining Indiana. He was named the C-USA Coach of the Year in 2002 and 2003. The Golden Eagles made it to the Final Four in the 2003 NCAA Tournament.

The Hoosiers were strong defensively last season under Crean. This defense came into play in victories against Kentucky, Ohio State, Michigan and Michigan State.

Indiana is hoping Crean can continue his success after building up the program throughout the years. A couple more Top 100 recruits couldn't hurt, either.

 

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