SACRAMENTO, CA – MARCH 17: Head coach Steve Alford of the UCLA Bruins reacts against the Kent State Golden Flashes during the first round of the 2017 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at Golden 1 Center on March 17, 2017 in Sacramento, California. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

The University of Indiana has hired a new head basketball coach to replace the recently terminated Tom Crean, as the Hoosiers tabbed Archie Miller for the role on Saturday afternoon.  Miller held the same position at the University of Dayton for the previous six seasons.

The speculation about Crean’s replacement  began soon as the Indiana fired him on March 16.  Notwithstanding some of the usual internet plane tracking rumors, – this time about Oklahoma City Thunder head coach Billy Donovan–  one candidate’s name was consistently prevalent amidst all the speculation: former IU legend and current UCLA Bruins head coach Steve Alford.  But Alford and UCLA were still competing in the NCAA Tournament, so until the Bruins were eliminated by Kentucky in the Sweet 16 Friday Night, all we had were rumors.

On Friday afternoon, things started to ramp up as newly minted Fox Sports 1 personality Doug Gottlieb went on The Dan Patrick Show and boldly declared that Alford to Indiana was a “done deal.”

The Alford rumors were in full swing the rest of the day leading up to the UCLA/Kentucky game. Then, in classic twitter fashion, from the beginning of the game, to the time it started to appear that UCLA was likely to lose the game, up until after the game, the “Alford-to-Indiana” declarations flew in…

The Alford-to-Indiana confidence ended up being short-lived. Just after the postgame press conferences, ESPN’s Jeff Goodman reported that Alford was “absolutely 100 percent not going to Indiana.” By early Saturday afternoon, Indiana announced it had hired Archie Miller, and another great Cold Take transcript was ready for the pickings.

About Fred Segal

Fred Segal, 35, grew up in the Miami, Florida area and currently lives in Coral Springs, Florida, with his wife and two children. He is currently an attorney practicing in West Palm Beach, Florida, at the law firm Broad and Cassel. Fred is a graduate of the University of Florida and is a rabid, borderline unhealthy, supporter of the Florida Gators.