On Friday morning, Butler head coach Brad Stevens did the exact same thing.
According to a report from ESPN, Stevens will remain the head coach at Butler despite UCLA labeling Stevens as the top target in their coaching search.
This decision from Stevens comes after rumors began circulating on Thursday night that UCLA was focusing in on Stevens. One report even indicated that Stevens and UCLA were “in contract negotiations.” Although that was quickly retracted and proven wrong by other national media sources:
Source w direct knowledge says “absolutely not true” UCLA is in negotiations w Brad Stevens. “Highly unlikely” Stevens will be UCLA’s coach.
— Seth Davis (@SethDavisHoops) March 29, 2013
Stevens has been quoted in the past saying that he does not want to get sucked into the headlines and spotlight that comes with coaching in Los Angeles. Stevens had built himself and the Butler program up to be a continued threat on the national level and that’s a testament as to why he is targeted each and every off-season.
In six seasons at Butler, Stevens has compiled a 166-49 record and has led the Bulldogs to five NCAA Tournament appearances, including two Final Fours.
UCLA will now have to continue its search elsewhere. It’s crazy to think that one of college basketball’s most prominent programs is struggling to find an interested candidate, but I guess that’s just the day and age that the sport has come to.
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