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Gottlieb: Steve Alford to Indiana is a Done Deal

This morning Doug Gottlieb joined The Dan Patrick Show to discuss his future.  Gottlieb said he interviewed for the head coaching job yesterday at his alma mater, Oklahoma State, (he was not offered the job) but his comments on another coaching gig are much more intriguing.

Patrick asked Gottlieb who’s the most likely to end up coaching their alma mater: Gottlieb to Oklahoma State, Patrick Ewing to Georgetown or Steve Alford to Indiana.

“I’ve been told the Steve Alford thing is done.  I would say that’s the most likely,” Gottlieb said.

“Done deal” statements on the day of NCAA Tournament games usually don’t work out well for that team, just ask Rex Chapman.

Article written by Nick Roush

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27 Comments for Gottlieb: Steve Alford to Indiana is a Done Deal

  1. Kevin C
    10:53 am March 24, 2017 Permalink

    Yeah, well hopefully this “fake news” has the same impact on UCLA as Rex’s asinine Tweet appeared to have on UK.

    • @GoCayts
      11:46 am March 24, 2017 Permalink

      1 – I thought Rex said that right before the game and it got to the fans, but Cal and the players didn’t hear it until later

      2- I thought it came out later that it was true Cal was leaving but decided to come back when the twins decided to come back

      I could be wrong on both, but that’s how I remember it

    • CatBlue in LR
      2:56 pm March 24, 2017 Permalink

      You’re wrong on both. Tweet was done an hour-and-a-half to two hours before the tip. I was in Dallas, and you could just see the news rippling out through the crowd. Also, Cal wasn’t going anywhere at any point.

  2. ClutchCargo
    10:58 am March 24, 2017 Permalink

    I like it. I’ll take whatever edge we can come up with today.

  3. Mathlete
    11:14 am March 24, 2017 Permalink

    A few differences between this one and Rex’s “done deal” tweet –

    – Gottlieb is a (fairly) respected journalist, Rex (no offense) isn’t
    – Steve Alford has deep roots in Indiana, Cal never had any notable connection to the Lakers
    – Alford’s name has come up as a candidate for the Indiana job in multiple outlets
    – Bryce Alford is graduating this year
    – Alford’s a midwestern guy living in LA, I would venture a guess that living in LA is probably *miserable* for someone who didn’t grow up there or aspire to be a Hollywood elite growing up
    – UCLA has lost some of its luster as an elite program in the decades since Wooden was there, Indiana is ready to drop major money into their basketball program to shine it back up into a top-tier program again

    • WatchutalkinboutWillis
      11:22 am March 24, 2017 Permalink

      I hope it is true. It will be interesting. And I hope it is distracting for them tonight.

    • ukjaybrat
      11:31 am March 24, 2017 Permalink

      while all of that is true.
      I would argue a few of the counter points:

      * UCLA is a better program right now
      * UCLA arguably is a better program all time than indiana (granted they aren’t what they once were)
      * The weather is better in SOCAL
      * You can have whatever recruits you want west of Kansas
      * They have a better team right now
      * UCLA can win the Pac12 4/5 years. Indiana would be lucky to win the Big10 2/5 years

      The only actual benefit is coaching the program you played for.

    • Eazy
      11:54 am March 24, 2017 Permalink

      Ucla is definitely the better program all time. 11 titles to IUs 5. Both have been kind of mediocre since the 90s but Ucla is better now. And like you said it’s a lot easier to recruit in LA than Bloomington.

  4. Wilfred Smith
    11:19 am March 24, 2017 Permalink

    Lavar Ball aside, Alford would be nuts to leave UCLA for IU.

    • maximumscott
      11:54 am March 24, 2017 Permalink

      He wouldnt be. IU would pay more and he would be the most important IU coach ever if he resurrected that program. At UCLA he would just be Steve Alford.

    • Sentient Third Eye
      12:20 pm March 24, 2017 Permalink

      Alford would be an idiot not to take the job. He can be the Pitino of IU basketball by making them matter again. He’s already loved in Indiana. If he pulled this off, he would be the most famous person in that state for decades to come.

    • InigoMontoya
      2:09 pm March 24, 2017 Permalink

      Not only would he get a salary increase, escaping the high taxes of California would be an EXTRA raise.

  5. Han
    11:22 am March 24, 2017 Permalink

    Kentucky fans know from Donovan being our coach and Cal going to the NBA that done deal is worthless.

    Best case for Gotthief is that he heard from a high-ranking booster or board member at Indiana that they’re throwing dump trucks of money at Alford as soon as UCLA loses and that his people say he’s interested. Anything beyond that and UCLA will probably have a case that Indiana tampered with their program and distracted their coach on the eve of a major game.

    Also, if UCLA were to beat us, and even were to go on and win a title, why the Hell would Alford leave to rebuild Indiana? It’s not quite the same as Cal coming to coach us even assuming we do beat UCLA and he’s free.

    Sure, the potential shine of bringing Indiana back to prominence would be big, but how do you leave UCLA to rebuild Indiana? Any pressure he’s felt at UCLA would be back all over again at Indiana.

    • rickwhitetx
      11:32 am March 24, 2017 Permalink

      I don’t think “tampering” with another school’s coach is a thing in the NCAA.

      I just hope that the players get wind of this “done deal” and it distracts them for a while. Like, until tomorrow when they fly back to LA.

    • BobKYCats
      11:40 am March 24, 2017 Permalink

      I agree with all of your points, but I’ll mess with your last one.

      The biggest difference between IU and UCLA, pressure wise, is that there will be a two-three year honeymoon period in Bloomington that Alford never got at UCLA. UCLA fans started complaining the moment he was hired, if you remember. The only reason they’re not complaining right now is because he’s winning this year. If they lose tonight, they’ll start the whining right back up again, and I wouldn’t put it past that one delusional fan to start paying for more banners to fly over LA.

      At Indiana, being a favored son, part of their last championship team, and also a connection to RMK, he’ll probably get a ticker-tape parade welcome. Maybe even Bobby will come in for a game.

      That said, if he has the same kind of inconsistency that Crean had, and tbh, Alford’s had at UCLA, the welcome will wear down over time, but there will be at least two to three seasons (especially since he’ll probably have to refill the cupboard year one) where the pressure won’t be too great at all.

    • Eazy
      12:11 pm March 24, 2017 Permalink

      I would like to see him go to IU. It would hurt Ucla a little and wouldn’t be a slam dunk hire for Indiana. It’s not like he’s been that successful. Zero final fours. I don’t think he’s even been past the sweet 16. Ucla was 15-17 just a year ago. He’d be Tom Crean part 2.

    • maximumscott
      11:55 am March 24, 2017 Permalink

      UCLa gonna be chit next year. Losing Ball, probably Leaf, Alford i mean thats like 60% of your production right there. The only reason he would stay is location (weather/social community)

  6. IstandUPatGames
    11:50 am March 24, 2017 Permalink

    Gotlieb’s source is Julian Assange

  7. Cals Hoverboard
    11:56 am March 24, 2017 Permalink

    My guess is that Gottlieb hasn’t been told s***. He just picked out the choice that is most likely of the 3. He knows he’s got no future in coaching. He’s just trying to justify his existence as a basketball insider. He and Jeff Goodman are cut from the same cloth.

  8. RC
    11:59 am March 24, 2017 Permalink

    If IU were smart they’d hire Billy Donovon. I fully understand the Alford attraction and he’ll be a home-run with Hoosier fans- but Donovon is the better coach.

    • Cals Hoverboard
      12:04 pm March 24, 2017 Permalink

      If Donovan is anxious to get back into the college ranks, maybe he should wait to see if Alford bolts for Indiana. And then throw his hat into the ucla ring. Who’d want to run into the shit hole currently in Bloomington, especially since he has zero connection there?

    • RealCatsFan
      12:59 pm March 24, 2017 Permalink

      Nah, I would like Donovan to come in at UK it/when Cal retires.

  9. Cals Hoverboard
    12:00 pm March 24, 2017 Permalink

    Speaking of Jeff Goodman. He was all over the Indiana bandwagon at the beginning of the season. He moved Indiana up to #1 in his power rankings from #13 the first week of the season. His ass ought to be fired just for that!

  10. MIDDAY
    12:54 pm March 24, 2017 Permalink

    Make IU BB Great Again!

  11. mostdiggity
    3:50 pm March 24, 2017 Permalink

    Prolly the biggest reason Alford would take the IU job is because he is outwardly hated by an elite group of their fan base. Winning does help with much of his fan base but no amount of winning will ever change this group’s mind. They are very influential and donate large $$ to the University. Their issue is how Alford handled the rape accusation against one of his players at Iowa. He called the victim a liar publicly, but the jury saw the case another way and convicted. That stigma will haunt him forever in the land of special snowflakes…

  12. lribookend
    5:26 pm March 24, 2017 Permalink

    I may be wrong about this, but it seems like IU and UCLA have both had at least 6 coaches in the past 20 years….