Reports that at least one prominent University of Louisville booster wanted the school to pursue Tom Crean for its interim basketball coaching position didn't sit well with alumni and fans who emailed interim president Greg Postel in late September. While a plurality of the messages related to the interim coaching position supported appointing David Padgett, 17 emailers pleaded with Postel to not consider Crean, the former Indiana coach. "ABC: Anybody But Crean," one person wrote. "We believe Coach Tom Crean is not the answer," said another. A third noted, "Tom Crean is not a favorable option." Postel received more than 400 emails between Sept. 26-29, the week news broke that the FBI’s investigation into corruption in college basketball ensnared Louisville, reflecting what he called "tremendous interest" in the Cardinals' basketball program. Rick Pitino was placed on administrative leave on Sept. 27 and fired by the school on Oct. 16. Fifty-two emails sent to Postel in the three days after Pitino's suspension offered suggestions for interim coach, including recommendations for Tennessee's Rick Barnes; Bellarmine coach Scott Davenport; and former Providence and Virginia coach Pete Gillen. One even pushed for former Cards associate head coach Kenny Johnson, who was later fired in the wake of the scandal.
Fans emailing Louisville's president didn't want Tom Crean as Cards' basketball coach
Louisville Courier-Journal | Feb 20