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Steve Alford Reportedly Offered 7-Year, $31 Million Contract from Indiana

SACRAMENTO, CA - MARCH 17:  Head coach Steve Alford of the UCLA Bruins reacts against the Kent State Golden Flashes during the first round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Golden 1 Center on March 17, 2017 in Sacramento, California.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistMarch 19, 2017

Indiana is ready to be aggressive in its pursuit of UCLA head basketball coach Steve Alford.

According to Jordan Schultz of the Huffington Post, Indiana has offered the 52-year-old a seven-year, $31 million contract.

ESPN's Jeff Goodman countered the claim, however, reporting there has not yet been an offer.

Alford is in his fourth season with UCLA, leading the team to a No. 3 seed in the current NCAA tournament. The Bruins will face Cincinnati in the Round of 32 Sunday night.

Prior to his time at UCLA, Alford also coached Missouri State, Iowa and New Mexico. In 22 years as a head coach, he has put together a 480-250 record.

One of his biggest draws, however, could be his familiarity with the Indiana program. Alford played for the Hoosiers from 1983 to 1987, was a two-time All-American and helped lead the squad to a national championship in 1987, the most recent of the school's five titles.

Considering his son, Bryce, is a senior this season, it could be a perfect time for the coach to make a career change.

Indiana parted ways with Tom Crean Thursday after seven years with the team.

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