Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Bulls Fire Fred Hoiberg, Could UCLA Be His Next Stop?
By ADAM ZAGORIA
The Chicago Bulls on Monday parted ways with head coach Fred Hoiberg and named Jim Boylen his replacement.
Could UCLA be Hoiberg’s next stop?
“It’s possible,” a Pac-12 source said. “He’s got NBA experience. It could be very possible.”
Steve Alford, 54, is currently the UCLA head coach and has a $3.6 million buyout if the contract is terminated before April 30, 2019, according to reports.
Alford is 122-59 in five-plus years with the Bruins with three Sweet 16 appearances, but he has not been past the Sweet 16.
The Pac-12 source said if the Bruins don’t make a deep run in the NCAA Tournament next March, “UCLA will get somebody new, I know that.”
During his coaching career at Iowa State between 2010-15, Hoiberg, 46, went 115-56. He led the team to four NCAA Tournament appearances with one Sweet 16.
“Everybody said Billy Donovan [was a target at UCLA], so if they’ll go after Donovan, Fred’s a lot like Donovan,” the source said. “He could every easily go there.”
Said a second source: “I know Fred will ask.”
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
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