Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh reacted to Tom Crean’s firing, with support for his brother-in-law.
On Thursday, Indiana men’s basketball coach Tom Crean was fired after nine seasons. It was more or less expected after a disastrous season for the Hoosiers in which they missed the NCAA Tournament, but it was sad nonetheless for a coach that had spent nearly a decade resurrecting a program marred by scandal following head coach Kelvin Sampson’s firing.
Today, Michigan football head coach Jim Harbaugh gave his take on his brother-in-law’s dismissal, comparing it to his time spent in the NFL as head coach of the San Francisco 49ers.
From Sports Illustrated
“Much like my situation in San Francisco, the people that are doing the micromanaging … when it comes to building a ball team, what they know could not blow up a small balloon. In my case, an owner and a general manager. In his case, an administration. They are so similar in that way. And he still wins two Big Ten championships outright.”
He’s referring, obviously, to the lack of trust that IU and its fan base seemed to have in Crean. His job had seemingly always been in jeopardy the last five years, and at a program like Indiana, “mediocrity” (at least by IU’s standards) can only get you so far. The leash isn’t very long when you can’t make it past the Sweet Sixteen.
In the end, it was probably the right move for both parties, and hopefully Crean ends up at a school that is more than happy to have him there.