"I feel terrible about it", Izzo said Thursday before his team's open NCAA Tournament practice at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Crean missed the NCAA Tournament in five of his nine seasons in Bloomington, and while the first three can be excused after he inherited a mess from Kelvin Sampson, the Hoosiers have been unable to sustain success.
"That's never been something that I look at, whether it be that job or other jobs", said Alford, who led IN to the 1987 national title.
His termination could be viewed as a bit misguided, but at the same time it's not surprising.
Basically, Crean is responsible for the best run IN has had IN the last 25 years, and they just fired him.
That alone makes IN a great job to recruit from.
At least that was deemed to be the case today by the administration at Indiana University.
Some of the sentiment surrounding Crean's firing feels a lot like what's going on with the Buckeyes and Thad Matta right now.
Coming off a second Big Ten championship in 2016 and third Sweet 16 entering this season, Crean and in had great expectations.
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"We want somebody who is a proven victor, somebody who is a proven recruiter who has the ability and desire to recruit in the Midwest and especially in Indiana", Glass said. There's no disputing that.
Winning the Big Ten last season and knocking off rival Kentucky in the Round of 32 in the big dance didn't extend Crean's leash by much, even if it seemed like it did at the time. There's no disputing that either. What's left? Sure, there's something to be said about being happy where you are and building something consistent and lasting.
We know Matta will be back next year, an untimely vote of confidence from athletic director Gene Smith came just before the Buckeyes lost to last-place Rutgers on the first day of the Big Ten Tournament.
Glass said he views those initial three seasons as some of Crean's best work "holding it together with spit and chewing gum and duct tape".
"I think this is one of the best jobs in college basketball", Glass said. A lack of contribution from two parts of the team that IN has learned to rely on was a large reason for the outcome of the game. Expect the Hoosiers to throw some big money at Wichita State's Gregg Marshall or Dayton's Archie Miller.
Why would IN let him?
IN also struggled away from home all year long, going just 2-8 in true road games and 2-3 in neutral site games during the regular season.
They began the season as one of the Big Ten favorites and were ranked as high as No. 3 in November after upsets of Kansas and North Carolina.
While he had an obviously contentious relationship with his superiors, San Francisco's CEO, and Baalke - the general manager, who ascended to that spot in 2011 when Harbaugh was hired, before ultimately being fired after two rough post Harbaugh seasons - he hasn't made a habit of criticizing them extensively.