Tom Crean is choosing to be positive.
Crean sat down with Sports Illustrated on Monday and dished on his reaction to his firing last week after nine seasons as Indiana’s men’s basketball coach. Days later, Crean is ready to reflect — with one eye already on the future.
“I love Indiana,” Crean said. “I loved it here. That’s not going to change. You can’t go loving something every day for nine years and then suddenly hate it. … I hope Indiana wins that national championship. And another one. I really do.”
In the story, which was written by Pete Thamel, Crean recounts the Wednesday night-Thursday morning timeframe when he learned he was being dismissed. It started with a text from his agent at 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, followed by a text from IU athletic director Fred Glass the next morning.
“At this point, I knew what was coming,” Crean told SI, “and wasn’t going to do that.”
Crean has not met with or spoken to Glass since then.
According to the story, Crean is scheduled to meet with his former players today or Wednesday. He texted each player individually to address his ouster, explaining to SI that individual phone calls would have been difficult to get through.
“It hit me doing the texting,” Crean told the magazine. “I don’t have my team anymore. I have my team. I have my family. But it’s different. I want to get back to the court.”
Crean also says he wants to coach again — preferably as soon as next season — but he’s not looking to take a job just to take one. He’s looking for the right fit.
“You just learn real quick to put your focus on your family and your coaches,” Crean said. “We’re going to get through it. We’re never going to look at failure being a part of this decision.”