Tom Crean not bitter after firing: 'I hope Indiana wins that national championship'

The former Indiana coach opens up about being fired.

Indiana parted ways with Tom Crean last week after nine seasonsas its men's basketball coach. The firing came after a disappointing season thatended with a first-round exit in the NIT. Indiana basketball has always been held to high expectations, and Crean didn't quite reach the goalsathletic director Fred Glass put in place.

“The expectations for Indiana University basketball are to perennially contend for and win multiple Big Ten championships, regularly go deep into the NCAA Tournament, and win our next national championship — and more after that,” Glass said hours after firing Crean last Thursday.

In his first public interview since being let go, Crean told Sports Illustrated he hopes Indianadoeswinthat title.

“I love Indiana. I loved it here. That’s not going to change. You can’t go loving something every day for nine years and then suddenly hate it," Crean said.“I hope Indiana wins that national championship. And another one. I really do.”

While Crean says he doesn't have any harsh feelings towardthe state or Hoosiers fans, there were some clues in his commentsthat made it seem he wasn't too fond of the university administration. He wouldn't speak about his feelings towardthem, only to say he turned down a meeting with Glass at whichthe AD planned to inform Crean about the end of his tenure.

As for his future, SI notes Crean alluded to wanting to coach again.