Indiana has extended their head basketball coach, Tom Crean, for two more seasons through 2020. It was reported that the new contact raises his salary to over $3 million a year. The news came before the team opened their season against Bryant, at home, winning 97-54.
In the game star center Cody Zeller had 18 points and 10 rebounds, while the entire team played well, crushing the lesser opponent. Before tipoff Indiana’s athletic director, Fred Glass, announced the deal to the sellout crowd, leading to a large ovation. The cheering never really ended, as the crowd had plenty of things to be happy about with how the team played on the court.
Crean has an excellent squad this year, ranked number one coming in to the season. He has grown a program used to being great back to those high expectations. The beginning of his tenure at Indiana was rough, at best. His first season, 2008, Indiana went 6-25, winning just one conference game. In 2011-12 Crean had his first over .500 season, making it to the Sweet 16. Now, just a year later Indiana is the top team in the country and Crean is under contract for nine more seasons. It is hard to believe that a coach that has had one winning season at a school would get a huge contract extension. But, that is what just happened.
The future looked great for the Hoosiers, and now it appears to be even brighter with their coach locked up for a long time. They have likely the best player in the country and are ranked the top team in the country. Expectations are rising, though, as fans will want banners going up now, consistently. Consistency is the one thing Crean has never had at Indiana, but it seems with the group he has and the momentum the program has this should be a consistent top ten team for the next decade.
Indiana plays North Dakota State on Monday at home.