As one would expect, Brad Stevens is reportedely the main target of UCLA in their search for a new head coach. The article doesn't go into too many details other than to say that Stevens has reaffirmed that he is the coach of Butler. Stevens has been highly sought-after for a while now:
He was targeted by major conference schools such as Oregon, Wake Forest and Clemson in 2010, but signed an extension with Butler through the 2021-22 season. He reportedly makes around $1 million per season. Ben Howland, recently fired by UCLA, was making $2.3 million, but UCLA has had an influx of money, thanks to new television deals with the Pac-12 Network, ESPN and Fox.
Obviously there is a big difference between what he can make at UCLA, but with college basketball changing so quickly, it's not inconceivable that he could make a lot more money as the program grows. Perhaps this was also part of Shaka Smart's thinking:
Shaka Smart of Virginia Commonwealth was also among UCLA's targets, but he said Wednesday he was returning to VCU and the school announced it was extending his contract through 2023.
I wish more college football coaches would do this. Guys like Chris Petersen, Gary Patterson, and Frank Solich are the Bo Schembechlers and Bobby Bowdens of their schools and while they haven't won a MNC, they took there program to the next level and resisted what could have been either very rewarding or completely fruitless job somewhere else.