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  • UCLA in danger of NCAA Tournament ban over APR scores

    San Jose Mercury News "The malaise afflicting the Pac-12’s major sports cannot be traced exclusively to missteps and miscalculations at the conference office. USC and UCLA are dragging everyone into their shared morass of losing on the field, underperforming on the court, mid-season coaching..." May 14

  • Report: UCLA offered to double Jay Wright’s salary

    Larry Brown Sports "UCLA tried hard to bring in as big of a coaching name as possible to replace Steve Alford, even doing what they could to dangle mega money in front of top candidates. In fact, one report says they offered to double the salary for Jay Wright to get him to leave Villanova, but that didn’t..." April 30

  • UCLA's Mess Of A Coaching Search Showed How Far Basketball Program Has Fallen

    The Big Lead "Mick Cronin agreed to become the next basketball coach at UCLA on Tuesday, 100 days after the Bruins fired Steve Alford from the position. In the interim, UCLA stumbled and embarrassed itself repeatedly in its search for a head to its once-proud program. First off,..." April 11

  • Mick Cronin, UCLA Agree to 6-Year, $24 Million Contract to Become New HC

    Bleacher Report "UCLA will hope to get its basketball program back on track with the hiringof Mick Cronin as the team's newest head coach.  According to ESPN.com's Jeff Borzello, Cronin's deal is worth $24 million over six years.  TCU coach Jamie..." April 09

  • Texas Tech won't let UCLA take basketball coach Chris Beard easily

    Sporting News "Texas Tech has no intention of losing basketball coach Chris Beard. The 46-year-old led Tech to its first national championship appearance this year and has gotten the team to the Elite Eight in each of the last two seasons during his first three years with the program. With..." April 09

  • Rick Barnes spurns UCLA, opts to stay on as Tennessee coach

    Yahoo! Sports "The UCLA basketball coaching search is reportedly moving to the next name on its list. Again. Tennessee coach Rick Barnes has decided to stay with the Volunteers after negotiating a significant raise, Chris Low of ESPN reports.

  • UCLA offers Barnes deal with $5 million per year

    WVLT "On the same day that Tennessee's Rick Barnes was named the Naismith national coach of the year, rumors are swirling about his future on Rocky Top. According to ESPN's Chris Low, UCLA has offered Barnes $5 million a year for an unknown number of years, while Tennessee has..." April 08

  • Reports: Tennessee coach Rick Barnes a top candidate for the UCLA job

    USA Today "Rick Barnes netted his second national coach of the year award on Sunday. And later Sunday, the fourth-year Tennessee coach was reported as a "serious candidate" for the UCLA job, according to 247Sports' Evan Daniels. The Los Angeles Times' Ben Bolch..." April 08

  • Lon Kruger denies report linking him to UCLA job

    Larry Brown Sports "Talks surrounding the UCLA Bruins men’s basketball job continuing to heat up, though one coach is distancing himself from the position. On Sunday night, 247 Sports’ Evan Daniels reported that Tennessee’s Rick Barnes was a serious candidate for the position...." April 08

  • Jamie Dixon out as UCLA candidate due to buyout price

    Larry Brown Sports "UCLA may be changing directions in their coaching search due to Jamie Dixon’s significant buyout. Dixon was believed to be the coach UCLA was targeting to fill their vacancy. However, his $8 million buyout was always a hurdle, and it may be too much for the Bruins’..." April 06

  • UCLA gets reality check as coaching search again missing out on elite hire

    USA Today "There was a time not very long ago in UCLA basketball history that a coach who had been to three Final Fours was run out of town. It wasn’t so much that Ben Howland hadn’t done the job well — seven NCAA tournament appearances in 10 years and seven first-round NBA draft..." April 04

  • Report: Jamie Dixon trying to negotiate lower buyout to leave TCU for UCLA

    Larry Brown Sports "Jamie Dixon appears to be high on UCLA’s list of potential men’s head basketball coaches, but there may be a big financial obstacle standing in the way of them hiring him away from TCU. Reports on Tuesday indicated that Dixon is nearing a deal with UCLA, but he has a..." April 03

  • Texas Christian's Jamie Dixon, Cincinnati's Mick Cronin top candidates for UCLA job

    Los Angeles Times "UCLA officials have narrowed their focus on Texas Christian’s Jamie Dixon and Cincinnati’s Mick Cronin in the search to fill their basketball coaching vacancy after striking out with a slew of top targets, the Los Angeles Times has learned. Dixon..." April 03

  • John Calipari Rumors: Kentucky Offers 'Lifetime Contract' amid UCLA Interest

    Bleacher Report "Kentucky has reportedly offered head coach John Calipari the equivalent of a lifetime contract in response to UCLA's offer of a six-year, $48 million deal, according to Seth Davis of The Athletic. " April 01

  • UCLA interviews Earl Watson for head coaching vacancy

    Larry Brown Sports "The chatter surrounding UCLA’s search for a new head basketball coach has been oddly quiet, though we now know of at least one candidate to interview for the job. Former Bruin Earl Watson interviewed for the job, according to ESPN’s Jordan Schultz. Schultz says that Watson..." March 31

  • UCLA’s Kris Wilkes announces he’s headed to the NBA

    Los Angeles Times "UCLA’s new basketball coach will have to find a new leading scorer. Sophomore forward Kris Wilkes announced Wednesday that he was hiring an agent and declaring for the NBA draft, ending the college career of a prolific scorer on teams that largely struggled to fulfill their..." March 28

  • Shareef O’Neal cleared to resume basketball activity after heart surgery

    Larry Brown Sports "Shareef O’Neal underwent successful heart surgery back in December, and doctors have officially cleared the UCLA freshman to resume basketball activity just over three months later. O’Neal shared the good news on social media Tuesday and thanked everyone for their support..." March 26

  • John Calipari seemingly responds to report linking him to UCLA

    Larry Brown Sports "John Calipari took to social media to seemingly respond to a report linking him with the UCLA head coaching job. A report surfaced on Wednesday that Calipari was showing interest in coaching the UCLA Bruins. Later that day, the Kentucky Wildcats coach took to his Twitter account to..." March 21

  • UCLA coach Murry Bartow does not want interim tag removed

    Larry Brown Sports "Murry Bartow does not seem to believe the full-time UCLA head coaching job is for him. UCLA’s season likely came to a close after a loss to Arizona State in the quarterfinals of the Pac-12 Tournament on Thursday. The Bruins finish the season a pathetic 17-16 (as long as they do..." March 15

  • Shareef O'Neal 'My Return To The Court? Six More Weeks!!!'

    TMZ "Shareef O'Neal is ALMOST ready to hit the hardwood again ... the UCLA star tells TMZ Sports he's just a month and a half away from a return to the court!!! "I feel great," he says. Shareef underwent heart surgery to correct an irregularity back in..." March 03

  • UCLA has no shortage of potential candidates for basketball coaching job

    Los Angeles Times "The last basketball coach to win a national championship at UCLA doesn’t want to hold that designation forever. Jim Harrick readily divulges that he holds a deep, emotional bond to the school long after a messy departure in 1996 that came only..." February 27

  • Baron Davis Endorses Earl Watson For UCLA Job, I'll Be His Assistant

    TMZ "Baron Davis says he wants to see Earl Watson be UCLA's next head coach ... and if that happens -- the ex-NBA superstar says he'll be an assistant on the staff ... FOR FREE!!! B-Diddy is one of the greatest UCLA Bruins ever ... and tells TMZ Sports the..." January 17

  • How UCLA men’s basketball has changed with Murry Bartow

    Orange County Register "The seconds couldn’t tick off fast enough. The game had gotten out of hand long ago and toward the end of UCLA’s ugly 29-point loss to Cincinnati on Dec. 19, TV cameras caught a telling glimpse of UCLA’s bench. Sophomore guard Jaylen Hands hid his face behind his..." January 11

  • Warriors assistant Mike Brown discusses his connection to UCLA job

    NBC Sports Bay Area "Bob Myers played at UCLA from 1993 to 1997. He was a sophomore when the Bruins won the national championship in 1995. Nearly 25 years later, the Warriors' general manager is reportedly assisting UCLA athletic director, Dan Guerrero, in the school's search for its next..." January 10

  • Luke Walton a candidate for UCLA head coach if fired by Lakers?

    Larry Brown Sports "Luke Walton may have a fallback nearby in the event that he is shown the door by the Los Angeles Lakers. In a piece for Forbes that was published on Tuesday, basketball insider Adam Zagoria quoted a UCLA source who listed Walton’s name among the potential candidates for the..." January 08

  • Report: UCLA booster Casey Wasserman not backing Rick Pitino

    Larry Brown Sports "Rumors have been circulating that UCLA may have interest in hiring Rick Pitino, but you might be able to pump the breaks on that talk. College basketball reporter Adam Zagoria wrote in a piece for Forbes that prominent UCLA boosters Casey Wasserman and John Branca were..." January 07

  • Powerful UCLA boosters want Rick Pitino as coach, report says

    Sporting News "Rick Pitino, who led Kentucky and Louisville to national titles, is a top target of two influential UCLA boosters to be the school's next men's basketball coach, Forbes SportsMoney reported Friday, citing an unidentified industry source. Casey Wasserman, a..." January 04

  • Former UCLA star Lonzo Ball stumps for Earl Watson to be Bruins' next coach

    ESPN "Lonzo Ball says the UCLA Bruins, his former school, should hire Earl Watson as the next coach of its men's basketball program. "I know Earl personally," Ball said after the Los Angeles Lakers' shootaround Wednesday morning. "I think he has..." January 02

  • UCLA appears better positioned to lure a top basketball coach thanks to more resources

    Los Angeles Times "If the hiring of Chip Kelly is any indication, UCLA may not be operating under the same old constraints as it begins the search for its next basketball coach. Gripes about not being able to pay enough or offer top-level facilities might no longer apply. The Bruins are paying..." January 02

  • Warriors GM Bob Myers will assist UCLA in head coaching search

    Larry Brown Sports "As they officially begin the search for Steve Alford’s replacement as head coach, the UCLA Bruins will be getting help from one prominent NBA figure. In their press release on Monday announcing Alford’s dismissal after six seasons at the helm, the school wrote that Golden..." January 01

  • UCLA fires Steve Alford day after home loss to Liberty

    Larry Brown Sports "The disappointing era of UCLA Bruins basketball under Steve Alford has finally come to an end. Alford has been fired by UCLA, with an official announcement set to come on Monday, according to both The Athletic’s Seth Davis and Bruin Report Online. Bruin..." December 31

  • UCLA Needs To Fire Steve Alford

    The Big Lead "Steve Alford and the UCLA Bruins are reeling. Things reached a new low for the school’s basketball program on Saturday, as UCLA lost to Liberty 73-58 at home. Yes, the Bruins were blown out at home by Jerry Falwell’s school. It was the fourth loss in a row for..." December 30