Video: Steve Alford addresses Indiana rumors following loss to Kentucky

  • 03/25/2017 12:44 am in

UCLA coach Steve Alford, rumored to be a candidate for the coaching vacancy at Indiana, was asked about his interest in the job following his team’s 86-75 loss to Kentucky in the NCAA tournament South region semifinal at the FedEx Forum in Memphis.

Here’s video of Alford’s response when asked about his interest in coming to Bloomington:

And here’s a transcript of his comments:

“I talked about that last week and our guys have been very focused, I’ve been very focused. I said it last week and I’ll reiterate it again even more so, I guess. I love Los Angeles, to begin with. It’s a beautiful place. Our family has fallen in love with it. I’ve got two sons now – Kory first and now Bryce – that have graduated. And Bryce is done, he’s graduating from UCLA. So I’ve got two sons that are graduates from there, a daughter that loves the school she’s going to in Thousand Oaks. I’m very happy. I’m at UCLA. I don’t know of a lot of people out there wanting to leave UCLA. This is a pretty special place. We’ve worked awfully hard. Our staff has worked awfully hard. We’ve got the No. 2 recruiting class coming in next year. We’re opening a brand new, state of the art, $60 million practice facility, the 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. So I’m very, very happy where I’m at and hopefully that will continue.”

Additionally, Alford told Jeff Goodman of ESPN.com that he is 100 percent staying at UCLA:

Steve Alford to ESPN: I am Absolutely 100 percent not going to Indiana. Staying at UCLA. I am happy. Love it here. Have a great class coming in, and brand-new practice facility. Obviously, I love my alma mater. Committed to UCLA. I am not going to talk to Indiana. I am staying a Bruin.”

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  • Mack’s resume doesn’t quite measure up to Crean’s 9 years ago. I’m hoping for Donovan, Few, and Stevens (yes, I still believe there’s a chance because he’s so underpaid even with his NEW $2.6m/yr contract).

  • pcantidote

    Yeah, my “yawn” was a bit exaggerated. There are some good coaches beyond those 4. Those are the 4 that I would be genuinely excited about.

  • dennis powell

    So disappointed with athletic department the last 25 years. Their handling of coaching changes in basketball and football have indicated an unwillingness to do the hard work to find the right people. I understand that a lot of people wouldn’t want to clean up the mess that Sampson left the program in and maybe Crean was the best we could hope for. He did a good job of righting the ship. I will always be thankful for that. It’s time to find a coach that can recognize talent and then develop it.

  • kennygeorge

    Coach K was saying that as well. He wanted his replacement to come from a group of current coaches that attended duke. Read it in a story during the time frame of his most recent back surgery.

  • kennygeorge

    plus when white took over, it was the year following all those seniors graduating. I’d say many florida fans are very happy with his progress and continuation of their excellence.

  • iugradmark

    Based on his early success and the fact that there are other programs willing to pay more, I expect FL to offer an extension and pay increase to try and lock him up a bit.

  • iugradmark

    All good points. I do think he was also coach at Jacksonville St., was educated and coached in SEC and was taking the FL job from Louisiana Tech which is a pretty big step up. Not sayinig you can’t make a case for IU v. FL but the jump just isn’t as big as coming from a smaller school / conference situation. If FL doesn’t bump his salary after this year, they are crazy and perhaps IU can poach him but my guess is that they have already contacted his agent and said that they want to talk after the season.

  • ForIndiana

    If Nigel hit any of those free throws they are on to the Elite 8…you get all the calls and can’t make it work unless you’re playing the Hoosiers, right?!

  • Jeff Crowder

    Very true!

  • 5 Banner Btown

    BTW, Happy b-day to Tom Crean!!! Even tho it was time to part ways, I am thankful for all the years of hard work he put in when alot of coaches wldnt even consider IU after the mess Sampson left behind. Even tho it may have not worked out I hope the next coach has the passion Crean had for IU and the understanding of how much IU basketball means in this state. I will never forget how he responded when we beat Illinois in 2011 for his 1st win over a ranked team after a few forgettable years with a roster full of walk ons and baseball players. The way he went over to the student section throwing his hands in the air, high fiving everyone he cld, and celebrate with the crowd just showed the class act that he is. He also did smthn similar when we beat Iowa for his 1st and only conference win n 2009. He wanted to win here just as much as I and every other die hard IU fan. Although I agree it was time for him to go, I dnt wanna be another fan that bashes him every chance I get bc he is a stand up guy that did alot of good for IU.

  • SCHoosier

    Thanks for doing that Steve..now can all those folks who believe/have said.. “Alford to Indiana is a done deal”..go get a life???

  • bball at nick’s

    I think the strategy for any coach being approached by Glass consists of two tracks:
    1) secret negotiation with Glass, and 2) public statements (if any) praising your present institution, in order to erase any doubts of loyalty should the negotiations with Glass not materialize.

    So, pcantidote is right; we should not be swayed by public statements at this point.

  • Wannamaker

    Big Ten coaching in the dumps. Beilein blew the game. Gard forever looked the deer in the headlights. Illinois couldn’t hire a traffic cop who wasn’t cross-eyed. We’ve got Izzo, Collins, some others. Glass has passed the coaching search off to some office in Atlanta! He’s sure a take charge kinda guy. We need established, quality, clean and high caliber. It’s not impossible. Indiana is the best program in the country. It’s time our university and the people in charge acted like it. We need someone who is a leader. This Fred Glass stuff – acting secretive behind-the-scenes – like he’s personally picking the next Pope? He answers to the Indiana fan base. It’s his job to convey what he believes he thinks is important in choosing our next coach. So far, he’s failed.

  • pcantidote

    If Steve is telling the truth here can we all agree that there is a lifetime ban for ever placing any significance on what Dakich says? And we can also give Gotleib a big fat middle finger too.

  • Started a response, then realized it would take me too long to go through everything that I think is wrong with this comment. So I’m just going to say, “Huh?”

  • pcantidote

    So much ridiculousness here. If you’ve been paying any attention you know the search firm is not looking for the names.

    So I guess you want Glass to send out daily tweets about who he is talking to? Of course it is secretive. That is primarily to protect the people he is talking to. SMH.

    Can you at least wait until we have our next coach before you judge.

  • pcantidote

    Ha ha. I was feeling more ambitious.

  • bball at nick’s

    Don’t forget that Xavier went 9-9 in the regular season.
    Archie Miller coaches in a mediocre conference.
    Chris Collins is B1G tested.
    Would rather go with a coach who is experienced in a major league.

  • pcantidote

    Let’s put it this way, it highly likely that whoever our next coach is will have a statement out there that says he is happy where he is and/or not interested.

  • I have to work on taxes. ’nuff said.

  • iugradmark

    Twitter lighting up that Archie is in serious talks to become next IU coach. Another dead end rumor or the real thing this time?

  • bball at nick’s

    You’ve been inciting against Glass. Your agenda is clear. Your arguments are empty.

  • iugradmark

    ESPN now reporting it as well

  • bball at nick’s

    There is even an argument to be made that the more intense the negotiations with IU, the more that coach will cover his bases with his home institution.

  • pcantidote

    How the heck does this stuff even get started???

  • bball at nick’s

    I posted about this a few days ago. A sportswriter I really like, Pete DiPrimio, predicted that our next coach will be Archie Miller. Now he tweets this:

    “Dayton’s Archie Miller is in serious talks to become new coach at Indiana, sources tell TheVertical.”

  • pcantidote

    Dayton coach Archie Miller is expected to be the next coach at Indiana, sources told ESPN’s Andy Katz on Saturday.

    Miller, 38, guided the Flyers to a 24-8 record and the school’s first outright Atlantic 10 Conference regular-season title this season. He also has taken Dayton to four consecutive NCAA tournaments, including reaching the Elite Eight in 2013-14.

    He replaces Tom Crean, who was dismissed after nine seasons.

  • According to Wikipedia, it’s already done:

    “On March 25, 2017, Miller was named head basketball coach at Indiana University.”

  • bball at nick’s

    I like that he’s young, smart and dynamic. Seems to have really nice rapport and charisma with players. But I don’t know if he can handle the B1G. We’ll see. I will be excited about him, though, and have no problem getting fully behind him as our next coach.

  • iugradmark

    He was in the group I was hoping for. Mack being slightly ahead but am happy with Miller and would have been happy with Holtmann as well. I know everyone wanted an NBA guy but this is a solid pick. Plays great defense, midwest guy, former player, is ready for the next step up. I am happy with the hire and looking forward to it becoming official.

  • pcantidote

    Now who would take the time to do that. At least put your time to good use like commenting on messages boards. Sheesh.

  • pcantidote

    Yep, I think he is a guy we can all rally around if it is true.

  • bball at nick’s

    Cool to have a coach with the name Archie! LOL.

    I support our new coach 100%. Phew, so glad the waiting is over.

  • ArghSonOfOhCrap

    Also Florida is a football school first then tide for second with basketball is baseball.

    But he is getting 2 million a year and IU could double it.

  • bball at nick’s

    It’s true, dude. Twitter going crazy. LOL.

  • Scott Osborne

    This is fun! When the smoke clears lets hope that Mr. Glass got it right..Hoo Hoo Hoo Hoosiers!!!

  • joebeaster

    So many coaches have said the same thing, but there’s no place like home. Welcome home coach

  • Neil

    He sure did but that was just one game and Fox might be the best freshman of a very strong freshman class this year. Ball actually won freshman of the year. There is no denying he is at least a top 5 freshman this year. His brothers are supposed to be better too a la the Zellar brothers. If you have two more like him or better coming what coach wouldn’t like that. Are you saying because he played one game that Fox had a career high and most points ever by a freshman that Ball is all hype? If you watch basketball and know talent you would know the kid has talent. He will be very good in the NBA.

  • pcantidote

    Oh I’m sure you are right. I just hate hype, and it was kind of nice to see the Ball hype get smacked in the face with a dose of reality.