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Daishen Nix Commits To UCLA

Aug 20, 2019 11:10 PM

Daishen Nix officially announced his commitment to UCLA.

Nix, a five-star recruit, is the #5 point guard in ESPN's Top 100 for the 2020 class. 

Nix is Mick Cronin's first commitment since taking over as UCLA coach. 

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Mick Cronin Hires Michael Lewis As UCLA Assistant

May 24, 2019 1:26 AM

Michael Lewis was hired as an assistant to UCLA head coach Mick Cronin.

Lewis was previously an assistant at Nebraska, focusing primarily on offense and developing the program's guards.

Lewis joins associate head coach Darren Savino and assistant Rod Palmer on the UCLA staff.


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Rick Barnes To Stay At Tennessee, Turns Down $5 Million Contract Offer From UCLA

Apr 9, 2019 2:21 AM

Rick Barnes will remain the head coach at Tennessee after turning down a reported offer from UCLA.

"The last few days have been interesting to say the least. One of the nation's most tradition-rich college basketball programs identified what we here at Tennessee already knew -- that Rick Barnes is one the game's elite coaches and a program-changer," said Tennessee A.D. Phillip Fulmer.

UCLA reportedly offered a starting salary of $5 million with incentives.

Tennessee will also restructure Barnes' deal. Barnes has been with the program since 2015. 

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John Calipari Agrees To Lifetime Extension With Kentucky

Apr 1, 2019 9:11 PM

John Calipari has agreed to a lifetime extension with Kentucky.

Calipari had been in contact with UCLA and was offered a six-year, $48 million deal.

"It has nothing to do with the other stuff ... people call every year," he said. "They presented it to me and I appreciate it."

Calipari's deal is structured as an extension until he retires and then he will become an ambassador for the remainder of his life.

Calipari has been to four Final Fours with Kentucky, in 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2015, winning the national championship in 2012. 

Calipari has also received interest to return to the NBA.

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Kentucky Offers John Calipari Lifetime Contract After Interest From UCLA

Apr 1, 2019 5:40 PM

John Calipari has been offered a lifetime contract by Kentucky. The deal would be a combination of a head coaching extension and a paid role as an ambassador.

The offer from Kentucky comes after UCLA offered Calipari a six-year, $48 million deal. The discussions between Calipari and UCLA were more extensive than previously believed. Kentucky gave UCLA permission to speak with Calipari.

Calipari is the highest-paid basketball coach in the country, making $9.2 million this year.

The new contract won't be substantially more lucrative, but it will include a 10-year term and a promise to be a paid ambassador in retirement.

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John Calipari Tweets He Plans To Remain With Kentucky Until Retirement

Mar 21, 2019 10:08 AM

John Calipari tweeted that he has no plans to leave Kentucky.

Calipari has been linked with the job at UCLA.

"Before I go to bed, let me just say this: I'm coaching at the Univ. of Kentucky," he wrote in a Twitter post. "In my opinion, there is no better job in the world to coach basketball. My plan and my desire is to retire at Kentucky. I think the university feels the same as I do and we've talked openly about it."

UCLA is searching for a replacement for Steve Alford and also have interest in Tony Bennett of Virginia.

Calipari has also been linked with various NBA jobs over the years.

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Fred Hoiberg Prefers To Continue Coaching Rather Than Exec Job

Jan 7, 2019 7:04 PM

Fred Hoiberg went on the record to state he prefers to remain in coaching rather than returning to an NBA front office.

Hoiberg has been mentioned as a candidate for UCLA's head coaching vacancy.

"My passion is in coaching and I'm looking forward to what lies ahead," said Hoiberg.

The Minnesota Timberwolves could have interest in Hoiberg in either a head coaching or general manager capacity.

Hoiberg was fired by the Chicago Bulls earlier this season.

Hoiberg said he will keep an open mind in searching for his next basketball job.

"I am not prioritizing one over the other in respect to the NBA and college," Hoiberg said. "The jobs are so different that you cannot compare them, so I plan on evaluating whatever opportunities may come independently."

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UCLA Fires Steve Alford As Head Coach

Dec 31, 2018 11:28 AM

UCLA has fired Steve Alford as head coach.

After an 80-66 loss to Ohio State earlier this month, Alford said he had "no issue" with the constant discussions surrounding his job and that "I'm a man of God, so I've got an audience of one."

"You know, obviously with its fans, whether it be at UCLA or anywhere else, you always have those opinions," he told reporters.

Fred Hoiberg, Jamie Dixon and Earl Watson are likely candidates for the job.

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Shareef O'Neal Out For 18-19 Season With Heart Ailment

Sep 28, 2018 10:40 AM

Shareef O'Neal will miss the entire 2018-19 season for UCLA after doctors discovered a heart ailment that will require surgery.

O'Neal is a four-star recruit.

"So, the other day during routine checkup, we found a medical issue dealing with my heart," O'Neal said in the video. "And thank God UCLA medical staff found it early, but causing this I will not be playing this season and I will be a medical redshirt. But during this time off, I'll be off for a while, I'll be focusing on academics, my health, of course, and I'll just be observing to be the best player I can be next year."

In the TMZ Sports video, O'Neal stressed that he will return.

"I know it's an injury that requires surgery, so I'll be having heart surgery and I'll be out a couple months and after that I'll be back," he said in the video. "A lot of people are asking if it's career-ending. The answer is absolutely not. Just a little bump in the road. ... During my rehab, I'll be attending my classes and being a normal student. But that's what's going on, and I'd like to thank UCLA, my family, my teammates and everyone who supports me in this decision."

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