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24 Days to B1G Basketball: Tom Crean Joins ESPN

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The former Hoosiers coach will join ESPN as an analyst.

NCAA Basketball: Indiana at Purdue Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

ESPN added a familiar face to their college basketball team for the 2017-18 season.

This week ESPN announced several additions to their college basketball coverage, with the list of new hires including former head coach Tom Crean, as well as former player Robbie Hummel (as mentioned earlier in the countdown). Crean previously helped with the network’s Final Four coverage last year as well, so the addition isn’t a complete surprise.

“It’s going to be a lot of fun to study, prepare and hopefully bring some things to the table to add to what is already an outstanding team,” Crean stated.

Crean previously coached at Indiana until the end of last season. Before spending nine seasons with the Hoosiers, Crean also coached Marquette for nine seasons. While the long-time head coach has expressed interest in returning to coaching, it looks like he’ll spend at least a year with ESPN before potentially returning to a coaching position.

Besides Crean and Hummel, ESPN is also adding John Thompson III, Jimmy Dykes and Caron Butler to their coverage this season. Official pairings and coverage assignments have yet to be announced for the upcoming season.

“Our roster is distinguished by a range of history, experience and personality that sets our product apart,” said ESPN’s coordinating producer David Ceisler. “We are so excited to add these new voices to our college basketball coverage.”