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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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Tags: UCLA Bruins, Kentucky Wildcats, NCAA, NBA

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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LiAngelo Ball Declares For 2018 NBA Draft

Mar 27, 2018 9:38 AM

LiAngelo Ball has declared for the 2018 NBA Draft.

Ball has played professionally with Lithuanian team Vytautas Prienu since parting with UCLA in December.

Ball is expected to work out for several NBA teams when he returns from playing for Vytautas and will participate in the Pro Basketball Combine at IMG Academy (Florida) in May in front of team executives.

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