After two stories published Thursday in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch linked IU coach Tom Crean to the opening at Missouri, Crean distanced himself from those reports in comments to IndyStar.
IndyStar columnist Gregg Doyel reached Crean on Thursday, as he was going over his final preparations for the Hoosiers’ game later that day. Told that the St. Louis paper was reporting “mutual interest” between Crean and Missouri, Crean responded.
“No, that’s not true,” Crean told Doyel. “I’m doing nothing but coaching this team.
“Normally, I don’t comment on my job or any other open job, or on any speculation at all — and going forward, this is the only time I will do it, here to you — but I want to put that to rest. I’m coaching my team. I love coaching here.”