It sound like you can cross a name off the list.
Tom Crean, who interviewed with Pitt athletic director Heather Lyke earlier this week, is expected to take the job at Georgia, according to a report from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Crean, who currently works for ESPN, last coached at Indiana in 2016-17. He spent nine years with the Hoosier and the nine years before that with Marquette. He was the first coach to be reported as having met with Lyke with regards to the opening created when Lyke fired Kevin Stallings last week.
Crean’s interest in Pitt seemed to stem from his previous relationship with Eddie Fogler of Fogler Consulting, the search firm that is assisting Pitt. Fogler placed Crean at Indiana in 2008. Crean’s wife, Joani Harbaugh, is a Pitt alumna.
Crean didn’t seem to be much of a candidate early on in the process, other than the fact that he was a former major-conference head coach that was looking for work, but the interview this week seemed to catapult him up the list, while at the same time, Pitt seemed to have little interest in offering the job to former Ohio State head coach Thad Matta.
PSN expects Pitt’s attention to turn to Rhode Island coach Dan Hurley. Hurley, whose Rams advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, will be in town for another two days, as they play Duke on Saturday.