Illinois-Chicago coach Steve McClain reacts during in the first half of the team's NCAA college basketball game against Northern Kentucky for the Horizon League men's tournament championship in Indianapolis, Tuesday, March 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
Illinois-Chicago coach Steve McClain reacts during in the first half of the team's NCAA college basketball game against Northern Kentucky for the Horizon League men's tournament championship in Indianapolis, Tuesday, March 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Former Illinois-Chicago basketball coach Steve McClain has reunited with Tom Crean at Georgia.

Crean, who has struggled in his first two seasons as the Bulldogs coach, on Tuesday announced the hiring of McClain as an assistant. He worked for Crean at Indiana from 2010-15 before taking over as UIC's head coach.

McClain was fired by the Flames in March after going 76-93 in five seasons, including a 42-48 record in the Horizon League. UIC has not been to the NCAA Tournament since 2004.

McClain also was a head coach for nine years at Wyoming and three seasons at Hutchinson Community College in Kansas.

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