UCLA Rumors: Will Steve Alford leave the Bruins?

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Could Steve Alford, an IN basketball legend, be the person to bring the Hoosiers back to prominence after IN fired Tom Crean on Thursday?

Over the last four years, Crean failed in all three areas. The season ended with a resounding thud in the NIT, as the Hoosiers lost their opening game at Georgia Tech.

The following year, Crean won the first of his two Big Ten titles and the Hoosiers won 29 games.

Steve Alford helps Bobby Knight to a national title during his time at Indiana. Louisville's Rick Pitino called Crean an "outstanding teacher, coach, workaholic" who would land on his feet. IU Athletics Director Fred Glass says a search for Crean's successor will begin immediately.

On the eve of their first round game in the NCAA tournament the UCLA Bruins may have to deal with the a huge distraction.

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Perhaps a bigger issue, from a perception standpoint, is that it Indiana's lukewarm interest didn't bother Hunter.

IN also struggled away from home all year long, going just 2-8 in true road games and 2-3 in neutral site games during the regular season. "Yes, I'd love to coach IN", doesn't really play when you have Lonzo Ball, and your current team is equipped to win the national championship. IN is in a much better place than it was nine years ago and Crean is responsible for that. The state consistent produces McDonald's All-Americans, and has been the home to numerous country's top prospects over the past several years.

"We think we've got something really good going, so I don't really worry about it", said Marshall, who has led the Shockers to six consecutive NCAA tournaments, including the 2013 Final Four. "You've got to come back and you've still got to guard at a high level, and that's a big part of it". "I love Los Angeles", Alford said.

None of that should be forgotten or minimized as he departs the IN job. And, by the sound of it, no one fits the criteria for what IN is looking for IN its next coach more than him, either.

There's also the question of whether Crean would be interested in the IL job - or if IL would be interested in him.

As for what he looks for in the next coach, Glass said, "The expectations for in basketball are to perennially contend for and win multiple Big Ten championships, regularly go deep in the NCAA Tournament, and win our next national championship-and more after that".