Georgia reportedly fires Tom Crean following school-record 26 losses
Tom Crean’s days as the men’s basketball coach at Georgia are officially numbered, according to a report from Pete Thamel of ESPN.
Earlier Thursday, the AJC reported that Georgia must give Crean 7 days written notice to be terminated “for any reason or no reason by the Association.” The notice of termination has been sent. Crean is owed $3.2 million, according to his contract.
The Bulldogs finished the season with a 6-26 record and and were 1-17 in the SEC regular season play after a loss in the SEC Tournament in Tampa.
Source: Georgia has initiated the process to part ways with coach Tom Crean. The school has given Crean the contractually required notice in order to terminate his employment. He’s owed $3.2 million, per his contract.
— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) March 10, 2022
The 26 losses are the most in school history, including 20 losses in the final 21 games.
Georgia against Vanderbilt in Tampa was held without a field goal in the final 12 minutes of the first half and trailed 35-14 at halftime. The Bulldogs set season lows for fewest points in a half and a game.
“A lot of the things that hurt us throughout the year hurt us today,” Crean said, via the Associated Press. “Too many turnovers, too many open 3s, too much missed communication and too much losing our spirit when we’re not scoring points.”
Here’s a statement from Athletics Director Josh Brooks via the Athens-Banner-Herald:
“I would like to sincerely thank Coach Crean and his family for their commitment to Georgia Basketball. Tom Crean demonstrated unquestionable effort and enthusiasm in what he has attempted to accomplish at Georgia. That said, our expectation is to compete for post-season success in all 21 sports. We believe a leadership change in men’s basketball is needed to achieve our goals.”