Skip to main content

CBB Insider Has Latest On UCLA's Head Coaching Search

General view of the UCLA stadium.

LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 03: Opening tip off between the Cal State Fullerton Titans and the UCLA Bruins at Pauley Pavilion on December 3, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

UCLA's search for a head coach hasn't exactly gone as planned.

Four months after firing Steve Alford just 13 games into the 2018-19 season, the Bruins are still on the hunt for a head coach. Last week it looked like UCLA was set to land TCU's Jamie Dixon before his $8 million buyout complicated the deal.

With Dixon out, UCLA turned to Tennessee head coach Rick Barnes as its next top target.

According to a report from college basketball insider Seth Davis, UCLA though it had "all but landed" Barnes earlier this week. However, Tennessee reportedly went to Barnes with a bigger offer to keep him in Knoxville.

According to Davis, the Bruins are now stuck waiting for Barnes to make a decision.

"Last night UCLA thought it had all but landed Rick Barnes. Was hoping for a Tuesday press conference. Tennessee came back to Barnes with more money so UCLA is waiting on his decision," Davis said on Twitter.

Davis also noted that Cincinnati head coach Mick Cronin is still in play if UCLA doesn't land the Volunteers head coach.

Cronin has been in the mix from the very beginning, but never emerged as the top candidate. It looks like UCLA might have to "settle" in the end.