Stevens was the top target in UCLA’s search for a new men’s basketball coach.
In a tweet on Friday morning, Stevens wrote: “Love walking thru Hinkle (Fieldhouse) in the morning... Anxious to get started on our spring workouts next week.”
Stevens, who guided Butler to the national championship game in 2010 and again in 2011, has been the top target for just about any major job opening during the past three years, but he always has been thought of as a tough fish to land.
He was born and raised in Indiana, went to college at DePauw, never has held a college coaching job anywhere other than Butler and has professed a love for the lifestyle in his home state.
INDIANA: The Hoosiers left Washington in a dour mood.
Tom Crean knows his team can’t afford to let it linger if it intends to continue chasing another national championship banner.
After falling two wins short of their own expectations, making their first Final Four trip 2002, the Hoosiers headed home after Thursday’s stinging loss to Syracuse trying to keep this loss in perspective.
“These guys have done a fantastic job. There will be a time to celebrate them, but they’ve done things that have not been done in Indiana in a long, long time, and they did it from scratch,” Crean said. “When we look at that, we will feel good about that and there are a lot of things to celebrate for them.”
There are plenty of questions heading into the off-season, including whether 7-foot sophomore Cody Zeller and 6-foot-5 defensive stopper Victor Oladipo will leave school early for the NBA.
Both are projected to be top 10 picks in June’s draft, and if they do declare, they could improve their draft stock during pre-draft workouts.
Crean has promised to provide both players with the best advice he can get from NBA scouts, though neither Zeller or Oladipo was prepared to talk about his future Thursday night.
“I’ve been focused on Indiana Hoosier basketball and I loved playing with these guys, and I’ve enjoyed the ride,” Oladipo said.
SAN JOSE STATE: Hired Boise State associate coach Dave Wojcik as its new head coach.
Athletic director Gene Bleymaier announced Friday that Wojcik would succeed George Nessman, who was fired after seven seasons.
Wojcik spent the past three seasons at Boise State, helping the Broncos reach the NCAA Tournament this season.
This will be his first head coaching job.
Wojcik has extensive experience as an assistant, working at schools like James Madison, Loyola of Maryland, Xavier, Navy, Dayton and Wake Forest.
Wojcik has a five-year contract with San Jose State.