According to Milwaukee Journal-Sentinal's Todd Rosiak, Tom Crean turned down more than $2. 5 million per year from Arkansas. Arkansas has been without a coach since they fired Stan Heath, and their top six choices have all turned them down.
The deal would have made Crean the highest paid coach in college basketball.
That likely means one of two things is true:
- Crean thinks he can get more elsewhere (i.e. Kentucky, MSU)--a gutsy move since he didn't know that Billy Donovan and Rick Barnes would turn down Kentucky until after Crean took a pass on the Arkansas job
- Crean really does believe that the MU job and Milwaukee area are special to he and his family, and he simply isn't interested in leaving.
And the whole issue may be moot if reports that Texas A&M's Billy Gillespie will take the UK job turn out to be true.
At least until Andy Katz reports that Tom Crean is a leading candidate for that job.
Meanwhile, the hardest working recruiter in the Big East was checking out Jamil Wilson of Racine Horlick on Thursday, travelling to see future warrior Damian Saunders on Friday, and then out to Las Vegas to watch an AAU tournament.