Apparently Tom Crean hails from the Bobby Petrino school of etiquette when it comes to parting ways with his employer, fans and the players he recruited. Crean accepted the Indiana job without telling Marquette officials that he was considering a change, according to the Marquette blog, Cracked Sidewalks:
Tom Crean, the beneficiary of a generous, flexible,and accommodating institution, flushed that trust and goodwill down the drain and went “Irsay” on Marquette ………slipping out to Indiana under the cover of night without the decency to discuss his decision in-person with the folks who worked tirelessly to support his basketball program over the years.
And there was this heartfelt farewell salutation:
Thanks for the memories Tom … but don’t let the door hit you where the good Lord split you.
Really, why would Crean leave in such an abrupt manner after promoting the Marquette program as a family organization? After being spurned by other coach-needy universities in recent years, he thought the offer wouldn’t be on the table long. Couldn’t wait another day to talk to his players and supporters?
Crean claimed what he thinks a more prestigious coaching job but lost any respect he may have earned at Marquette. Burned those bridges. Bad form.
Indiana could have used this occasion to polish its image but muffed as well.