The Saint Louis Billikens had an overachieving season that any program would be proud of. Coming off the heels of Rick Majerus‘ retirement and then his untimely death, Jim Crews took over the job on an interim position basis and led them to a 28-7 overall record and a spot in the NCAA Tournament. Now, according to reports, the interim tag is off and Crews is the permanent (relatively speaking) head coach for the program.
ESPN has stated that a press conference announcing the deal between Saint Louis and Crews will be held at 3 pm eastern. No terms of the deal are known as of the moment.
This will end up being Crews’ third head coaching position at a major Division I program. Crews was previously the Army coach from 2002-09, but never had nearly the success he had with the Billikens prior to this season. Crews has also been the head coach for the Evansville Purple Aces — where he did take the Purple Aces to (a real team I promise) four trips to the big dance.
Crews was also a member of the Indiana Hoosiers during his college career. In fact, he played on the 1976 NCAA Championship-winning team, the last team to go undefeated in college basketball.
The move from Majerus — who unfortunately passed away on December 1st of this past year — to Crews was not thought to go this smoothly. Regardless, Crews and Saint Louis seem to have a bright future and are planning on doing it together.
The press conference today will just be another piece of great news for Crews, who was awarded the National Association of Basketball Coaches’ coach of the year honor earlier in the week.
Joe is a Senior Writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @JosephNardone