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:
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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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