Brad Stevens says he's not leaving the Boston Celtics for IU
Brad Stevens has put the rumors to rest. He’s not interested in the job at Indiana.
During a radio appearance on Zolak & Bertrand on 98.5 The Sports Hub on Tuesday, Stevens was asked if he would be leaving the job with the Boston Celtics to fill the vacancy at Indiana. The response was pretty direct.
“I am not,” Stevens said.
The Hoosiers are searching for a new head coach after athletic director Scott Dolson made the decision to part ways with Archie Miller after four seasons. Indiana failed to make a single tournament appearance under Miller and never finished above .500 in the B1G.
Stevens’ name is often tied to the Indiana job because of his ties to the state and the success he enjoyed at Butler, leading the Bulldogs to back-to-back national title appearances in 2010 and 2011. The Celtics head coach says he understands why is name is always circulating when the job is available.
“That’s home, I get it. I appreciate all the nice sentiments, it certainly doesn’t go unnoticed and it’s certainly very kind,” Stevens said. “…Passionate fanbase.”
In six seasons as the head coach at Butler, Stevens compiled a 166-49 record and made five NCAA Tournament appearances. He never had a losing record.
Stevens has also enjoyed success in the NBA with Boston. In his first seven seasons with the Celtics, his teams have made the playoffs six times, with the lone absence coming in his first year.
Boston is currently 20-18 this season.