It has been 30 years since Indiana last won the national title, with Keith Smart’s jumper to cap off the 1987 NCAA tournament title serving as a grainy time capsule of what used to be. Long before the age of AAU kingpins, up-transfers and conference television networks, Indiana basketball competed annually for Final Fours and the Hoosiers resonated as one of the country’s iconic programs.

A generation later, the short shorts worn by Bobby Knight’s crew in that game have gone from fashionable to obsolete to retro chic. And by firing coach Tom Crean on Thursday, athletic director Fred Glass is demanding that Indiana basketball make a similar retro transformation.

In nine years, Crean cleaned up the Indiana program from the sinkhole of Kelvin Sampson and a flurry of NCAA sanctions. Crean won two Big Ten titles in five years and has reached three Sweet 16s since 2012. Glass deemed that wasn’t enough. And boy, did he make that clear. “The expectations for Indiana University basketball are to perennially contend for and win multiple Big Ten championships, regularly go deep in the NCAA tournament, and win our next national championship—and more after that,” Glass said. “We will identify and recruit a coach who will meet these expectations.”

Is that statement nostalgic, bold or completely irrational? Well, we’re about to find out. By concisely laying out the loftiest of expectations for the next Hoosiers coach, Glass is creating a litmus test for the caliber of the Indiana job. The next coach must create a Midwest version of Kentucky, Duke or Kansas. In Bloomington, the expectations are national title or bust. “I think this is one of the best jobs in college basketball,” Glass said Thursday afternoon.

Is Indiana a great job? Certainly. Is it an elite one? The ensuing coaching search will tell us. Indiana should be able to lure a top-tier head coach, and Glass didn’t mince words when mentioning that the coaches he’s targeting are leading teams currently playing in the NCAA tournament. He stressed that resources aren’t going to be an issue. He said he’d have no reservations targeting a sitting NBA coach. “I’m confident,” he said, “we’ll get the coach we want to meet our expectations.”

Glass said he’s unlikely to use a search firm in the hire, although he didn’t shut the door completely on that. And as the story shifts from the end of the Tom Crean era to the next coach expected to hang banners in Assembly Hall, Glass’s grandiose proclamations put him in a position where he needs to lure a big fish. When I asked Glass if the standard is higher than winning two Big Ten titles in five years, he disagreed with the premise of the question, saying that “the inconsistency” of the program led to his decision.

It sounds simplistic, but Glass needs to find a distinct upgrade from Crean. And that’s going to put a lot of pressure on Glass, who didn’t blow anyone away in his only recent high-profile coaching search. After firing football coach Kevin Wilson in December, Glass hired Indiana defensive coordinator Tom Allen. While Allen should be given a fair chance, you’d have to search long and hard around college athletics to find anyone impressed with the hire. Let’s just say Urban Meyer, Jim Harbaugh and James Franklin didn’t shudder in fear. (More likely, they went to Google. And it will surprise many if Allen wins as much as Wilson did, which, really, wasn’t that much).

But that’s Indiana football, which generates less buzz in these parts than the basketball program offering a sophomore from Fort Wayne. Glass firing Crean enters him into a new level of scrutiny, one for which we have no idea if he’s really prepared considering he lacks the experience in college sports that most athletic directors of his caliber have. Every sitting coach who gets a raise or turns Indiana away will be dissected more than a Donald Trump tweet. This is Glass’s first basketball hire, and there’s really no indication of how ready he is for it. “I don't think we can overstate what a big deal this hire is,” he said.