WASHINGTON — Tom Crean on Thursday declined to address a St. Louis Post-Dispatch report that there is mutual interest between himself and the University of Missouri regarding its open head coaching position.
“I don’t talk about my job, other jobs or any other speculation,” Crean told The Herald-Times. “My complete focus is on these young kids in our program and the games in front of us.”
Citing sources, the Post-Dispatch reported Thursday that there is mutual interest between Crean and Missouri. Missouri athletic director Jim Sterk announced Sunday that Kim Anderson would not return as Tigers coach next season following the program’s third 20-loss season in Anderson’s three years at the helm.
According to a separate Post-Dispatch story published Thursday by Missouri beat writer Dave Matter, Sterk is looking to have a replacement hired by the end of the month. Another name floated with the Missouri position is California’s Cuonzo Martin.
“Is Crean on the top of Sterk’s wish list?” Matter wrote. “Was told Wednesday the Crean buzz might be somewhat overblown, but here’s a comment from a well-placed source: ‘If Crean is not the hire here, he or MU has done a good job fooling everyone.’ That doesn’t mean Sterk has already drafted a contract with Crean’s name on it, but if there’s another leader on the list, Mizzou has done a masterful job of keeping this process quiet.”
Indiana beat Iowa, 95-73, in the second round of the Big Ten Tournament on Thursday and faces Wisconsin tonight at 6:30.