Is UCLA head coach Steve Alford moving out of the team? While there are millions and millions of rumors talking about it during the last few days, there is not much to believe in such rumors.
The rumors went wild in the aftermath of the UCLA’s loss that the team suffered at the hands of Kentucky in the Sweet 16. There is no denying that the loss is humiliating as no team wants to be on the losing side, more so when it comes to a loss in the most prestigious tournaments.
For the last couple of weeks, rumors were doing the rounds that Steve Alford was all set to move to Indianan and take open Indiana coaching position. Nonetheless, brushing all such rumors aside, the respected coach spoke about his desire to stay at UCLA in his post-game press conference.
In the aftermath of the Bruins loss to Kentucky in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament, he told reporters, “I am 100 percent absolutely not going to Indiana”.
Indiana’s coaching job comes with lots of perks and Alford’s name has been high. There is no denying that Alford, an Indiana graduate and former star player, has been a hot name connected to the search since the moment Indiana fired Tom Crean on March 16 because of his strong ties to the area and program.
He went on to add, “I love Los Angeles. It’s a beautiful place. Our family has fallen in love with it…I’m very happy. I’m at UCLA. You don’t have a lot of people wanting to leave UCLA. This is a pretty special place…We have the number two recruiting class coming in next year. We’re opening a brand new practice facility. I want to see that through. We have some special kids that are coming to join us. I’m very, very happy where I’m at and hopefully that will continue”.
He went on to add, “This is a pretty special place. We’ve worked awfully hard. Our staff has worked hard. We’ve got the No. 2 recruiting class coming in next year. We’re opening a brand-new, state-of-the-art, 60-plus million practice facility, Mo Ostin Center, that is going to be spectacular that we’ve worked awfully hard to be a part of that, and I want to see that through, and we’ve got some special kids that are coming to join us…I’m very, very happy where I’m at, and hopefully that’ll continue.”