Source: Stevens won’t leave Butler for UCLA

Butler’s Brad Stevens, who was the top target of UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero’s coaching search according to people close to the situation who are not authorized to speak on the matter, is reportedly staying put at Butler.

Stevens offered “No comment” when asked about UCLA’s interest by a reporter from the Indianapolis Star. 

“I’m the coach at Butler,” Stevens wrote in a text message to “As you know, my stance is to not comment on any other speculation or situation.”

In a cryptic tweet (see below) sent Friday morning, Stevens discusses Butler’s spring workouts, and a source close to the situation said that Stevens will remain at Butler.

Guerrero could not be reached for comment.

The top two coaches on UCLA’s list were Stevens and Virginia Commonwealth’s Shaka Smart, who reportedly agreed to a contract extension Wednesday.

Stevens led Butler to the national championship game in 2010 and 2011 and has been the top target for major schools the past two years.

Stevens makes a little more than $1 million per year. UCLA can offer more. But adjust that for the cost-of-living jolt.

UCLA fired Ben Howland as basketball coach on Sunday after 10 seasons that included three Final Four appearances, but culminated with another early-round exit from the NCAA tournament.

Howland had a 233-107 record in Westwood, including three consecutive
Final Four appearances from 2006-08 and four Pac-12 championships,
including this season. The Bruins’ season ended last Friday with an
83-63 loss to Minnesota in the NCAA tournament.

-Chris Foster