LaVar Ball, who opted to stay back in California to tend to his ailing wife instead of going to Memphis to watch his son Lonzo play against Kentucky, told ESPN he is glad Steve Alford is remaining at UCLA to coach his younger sons.

"I feel good about that," said LaVar, who was not able to make it to Memphis to watch his oldest son play in UCLA's loss to the Wildcats in the Sweet 16. "He knows my boys. I like his style, and I'm glad he's staying."

There had been speculation that Alford was headed back to his alma mater, Indiana. However, Alford told ESPN shortly after the game on Friday night that he wasn't going to talk to IU about the vacancy that wound up being filled hours later by Dayton's Archie Miller.

The elder Ball has been tight-lipped about his wife, Tina. However, he told ESPN that she is recovering from a recent medical procedure and that was the reason he didn't travel to Memphis. LaVar did not want to elaborate on the specifics of her condition but said she is improving and that the two younger boys went to see her on Thursday.