As a non IU fan I think IU did the right thing in firing Crean. Hes a solid coach, but I don't think he was the right guy to take IU to that next level. I think the sweet 16 was his ceiling at IU, which isn't good enough.
They had to make the change IMO. But they need to nail the hire. I think Alford would be a good choice. Has obvious IU ties, and hes done a pretty dang good job at UCLA. I think most IU fans would be happy to have the kind of season they are right now.