Monday, July 28, 2008
Sources: Indiana increases Crean's deal to 10 years
By Dana O'Neil ESPN.com
Indiana apparently thinks Tom Crean needs a little more time to right the Hoosiers' ship.
Just three months after signing the coach to an eight-year contract, the university has decided to add two more years to Crean's deal, a source told ESPN.com.
The unprecedented move is in keeping with the unique world that is the current state of Indiana basketball. Since Crean took over he has lost virtually his entire team via the NBA draft, transfers or his own decision to boot troubled players. The Hoosiers have just one player returning with any experience and still face sanctions from the NCAA.
At a hearing before the Committee on Infractions in June, the NCAA added an additional "failure to monitor" charge to the already extensive list of accusations stemming from Kelvin Sampson's tenure at the school. That charge could bring additional penalties with it.
Indiana has 90 days to appeal the "failure to monitor" charge. Another appeal hearing is likely in the fall.
Crean was not available for comment.
Dana O'Neil covers college basketball for ESPN.com.