Crean’s career record is 356-201. While he has never coached in the deep South, there is one likely connection on the Georgia staff. Matt Bucklin, who is Georgia’s operations director, is the nephew of Michigan State coach Tom Izzo, who is close with Crean.
One benefit to speaking to Crean now is that he’s free to talk, while other potential candidates are still coaching for at least a few more days.
There has been interest in Earl Grant, the College of Charleston head coach, but his team plays Auburn on Friday night in the first round of the NCAA tournament. Georgia could speak to Grant’s representatives between now and then, but an official interview would have to wait.
The same would be the case with Shaka Smart, the Texas coach who had a brief overlap at Florida (where he was an assistant) while Greg McGarity was there.