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UCLA: Job none

Apparently Brad Stevens has become the second highly coveted basketball coach to say "nah" to one of college hoops' former destination jobs, UCLA.

Shaka Smart went public yesterday with his intention to stay at VCU, and now Stevens has made it clear he's not interested, either. Which only goes to show you how devalued UCLA is as a program these days.

Back in John Wooden's day, and even beyond, it was the crown jewel of all crown jewels. Now it's perceived as an extremely well-appointed coaching graveyard: Yes, you get L.A., you get a rich recruiting pool to plumb, and you get ... L.A. But you also get the most unrealistic fan base in college buckets, one that still believes UCLA should be winning national championships every year.

It isn't that kind of program anymore and hasn't been for at least three decades, and it's probably never going to be again. Little wonder Smart and Stevens would opt to stay where they're comfortable and yet can still win.

Ben Smith's blog.

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