The symmetry has to feel right for UCLA fans … and make Butler fans cringe.
John Wooden, as a young coach, came to UCLA from Indiana. Brad Stevens, as a young coach, would be coming to UCLA from Indiana.
Make room in Pauley Pavilion for 10 more national championship banners.
But that’s a UCLA fan's fairy tale, one in which everyone lives happily ever after … except USC fans.
It’s not so simple.
Butler's Stevens is on the minds of UCLA officials, according to people close to the program who are not authorized to speak on the matter. But he is described as a ultra-private person who has a tight inner circle. So anyone claiming to have inside info on what he's thinking is tossing darts miles away from the pub.
That leaves facts — those pesky things that can ruin any Internet rumor.
Butler will join the Big East Conference next year — the good Big East, with all the basketball powers. That puts Stevens in a power conference, so who needs the Pac-12?