While the Steve Alford era didn't end with the amount of accolades many had believed or hoped for, he continued to bring in elite talent and has once again established UCLA as a top program.
In the search for their next head coach, the Bruins are once again going big game hunting. There is mutual interest between UCLA and Kentucky head coach John Calipari.
If Calipari packed up and left for LA, it would turn college basketball on its head.
Calipari's credentials as a coach needs no introduction, as he's guided UMass to a Final Four,
took a Derrick Rose-led Memphis team to the NCAA championship, and won the 2012 title with Kentucky. He remains arguably the best recruiter in college basketball after all these years.
One of the biggest issues with luring him away from Lexington will be the finances. While some point out that Calipari made more than three times what Alford made at UCLA, the Bruins have the most lucrative apparel deal, and could look to use some of that Adidas money to bring him in.
Short memories out there considering UCLA has the most lucrative apparel deal in the NCAA.https://t.co/xAHJtSPbq6...— Cliff Feiring (@VTfootballGrad) March 20, 2019
You can get a deal done financially if you want.
In a very weak Pac-12, bringing in Calipari would instantly make the Bruins the favorite in the conference and could have them contending for championships in the immediate future.