With no NCAA Tournament to focus on, the fans of many major programs have moved on to offseason rumors.
While there are not any big coaching openings in college basketball this Spring, our friends up in Bloomington are under the illusion that the Indiana Hoosiers are going to make a big splash with their next hire.
It is one thing to be over-confident. It is quite another to be completely delusional. So many Indiana fans out there believe that Brad Stevens, the current coach of the Boston Celtics, is a strong candidate to be their next head coach. They think he is going to leave his NBA gig to go back to the college ranks...because he wants to coach at Indiana.
As if this story could end any other way, Stevens has been forced to address the buzz as he has constantly been asked about the vacancy by reporters. While he tried to be respectful, he was very clear on his future coaching plans.
“I said it the other day: I’m not (considering it),” Stevens said via ESPN. “And I tried to say it as clearly as I could and also make sure that people understand that that place to me is special. Because I don’t want to make it sound like it’s not. But, like I said the other day, I’m so grateful to this organization, and to the people here, and for all that they’ve done for us.”
And while that was pretty clear, Stevens was sure to add some flare and fun to the statement.
“And people can hopefully appreciate that it still means a lot to me and I hope they hire whoever they hire and they are there for 20 years and kids feel like I did,” Stevens continued. “But I’m not a kid anymore. I’m a 44-year-old Ma—hole. I swerve around others when I’m driving, I eat Dunkin Donuts and I root for the Patriots. I’m, unfortunately, skewed in a lot of ways, I guess.”
Brad Stevens will not be coaching a big college basketball team next season. He will also not be coaching the Indiana Hoosiers. Just accept it and move on.
The good news is this does in theory, at least for now, keep Stevens open for Kentucky to pursue whenever John Calipari decides to hang it up. After all, Stevens figures to remain atop the college head coach wish list for the foreseeable future until he does actually come back to the college ranks. It’s hard to see even a program like Kentucky being able to poach a coach like Stevens if he’s already at another blue blood like Indiana, Duke or North Carolina.