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 reported that Barnes has interviewed for the UCLA job and is "considered the frontrunner." Bolch later reported that he was told Barnes would "definitely accept" the UCLA job if it was officially offered.
Barnes, who was named the Naismith coach of the year Sunday, led Tennessee to the second 31-win season in program history in 2018-19. He also won the USBWA coach of the year award after another successful season in Knoxville, where Barnes has rebuilt the Vols program.
UCLA fired coach Steve Alford on Dec. 31. Murry Bartow finished the season in an interim role.