UCLA hired Steve Alford to replace fired head coach Ben Howland. But before Alford was hired, TJ Simers reports they tried to lure Phil Jackson into the process.
Now of course Jackson wasn’t a candidate for the job, but after being spurned by Shaka Smart and Brad Stevens, AD Dan Guerrero reportedly wanted to throw some money at Jackson to help UCLA find a new coach. And according to Simers, Jackson was in.
Guerrero talked to Jackson’s agent about having a news conference to announce Jackson was onboard.
Jackson’s agent told Guerrero what it would cost to hire him as consultant. As part of the discussion, UCLA hoped to count on Jackson meeting with recruits later to help the new coach in his work.
Guerrero told Jackson’s agent he would take the holiday weekend before putting the deal together.
But then, Easter weekend came and all of a sudden, Alford was hired and Jackson’s services were no longer needed.
Guerrero never got back to Jackson’s agent and on Saturday hired Steve Alford.
Once again, a job has slipped right through Phil Jackson’s hands.