When Indiana announced Thursday it had fired head basketball coach Tom Crean, one dream candidate leapt to mind for many Hoosiers fans: Brad Stevens.
But on Friday, Stevens—who grew up in Indiana and coached Butler before being hired by the Boston Celtics in 2013—denied that he was interested in the job.
“I grew up in that state, I spent a lot of time down there, and I love the state of Indiana and what basketball means in that state,” Stevens said. “But again, I’ll be here [with the Celtics].”
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Stevens is considered one of the best young coaches in the country. He took Butler to back-to-back NCAA Tournament finals when he was there and has helped turn the Celtics into one of the NBA’s best teams.
With Stevens officially out of the running, the Hoosiers will likely look toward candidates like UCLA coach Steve Alford and Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall. When asked about the Indiana opening Thursday, Alford did not deny having some interest.