The Indiana basketball program is in search of a new head coach.
After firing Tom Crean this week, there was some immediate speculation that UCLA head coach Steve Alford, who starred at the university during the late 1980’s — leading the Hoosiers to the 1987 national championship and twice being named a first-team All-American — could be a candidate.
Well, that doesn’t seem to be the case.
Alford is currently leading one of the best teams in the nation and looking to go on a late tournament run, so on Thursday he spoke to reporters and denied any interest in the Indiana vacancy.
“I love Los Angeles. You’re talking about arguably the greatest brand anywhere on the planet. We’ve got things going at a very high level now, and we’re very excited about it. And we’re excited about being in this tournament and seeing what we can do,” Alford said, via ESPN’s Brian Bennett.
Alford has twice led the Bruins to the Sweet 16 during his four-year tenure and will be looking to once again be one of the final teams standing in March Madness.
With a star like Lonzo Ball on the court, there’s no reason to believe the goal can’t be achieved.
As for the future, UCLA is currently a much better job, though it’s hard to predict what type of decisions people will make when their alma mater is in the mix.
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