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Indiana fires Tom Crean after 9 seasons

FILE - In this Feb. 2, 2016, file photo, Indiana head coach Tom Crean walks the court beside his bench in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Michigan at Crisler Center in Ann Arbor, Mich. Crean has been fired after five seasons. Athletic director Fred Glass announced the decision Thursday, March 16, 2017, as the NCAA Tournament was beginning. (AP Photo/Tony Ding, File)

FILE - In this Feb. 2, 2016, file photo, Indiana head coach Tom Crean walks the court beside his bench in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Michigan at Crisler Center in Ann Arbor, Mich. Crean has been fired after five seasons. Athletic director Fred Glass announced the decision Thursday, March 16, 2017, as the NCAA Tournament was beginning. (AP Photo/Tony Ding, File)

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) Indiana coach Tom Crean has been fired after nine often lackluster seasons.

Athletic director Fred Glass announced the decision Thursday as the NCAA Tournament was beginning.

Crean won two Big Ten regular-season championships over the last five seasons but went 18-16 this year and missed the NCAA Tournament for the fifth time in nine years - including each of his first three seasons after taking over a gutted team following an NCAA scandal.

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The 50-year-old Crean went 166-135 at Indiana overall.

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