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March 18, 2017 5:13 PM

Brad Stevens: No interest in IU job

CHRIS GOFF | The Journal Gazette

For those who considered the possibility of Brad Stevens in Bloomington, it's on to Plan B.

People keep insisting on asking if Stevens would leave the NBA and return to college basketball when a prime college job opened up. Of course, Indiana fired coach Tom Crean on Thursday. Hoosiers fans can dream about wanting Stevens. The answer is no, has always been no and will continue to be no. Stevens told the Boston Globe he has no interest in leaving the Celtics.

"I love the state of Indiana and what basketball means in that state," Stevens told the Globe. "I grew up in that state. Certainly IU means a lot to people in that state ... but, again, I'll be here (in Boston). That doesn't mean I'm not a fan of the teams of the state. I root for one (Butler) a heck of a lot harder than the rest."

Stevens, who in 2010 and 2011 coached Butler to back-to-back appearances in the national championship game, said he was a "big fan" of Crean's work over nine seasons at Indiana.

"It was really a tough deal when he came in nine years ago," Stevens said. "I thought he did a really good job, and I'm sure his next job is right around the corner."