Marshall makes 3.5mm with some upside from what i've read. Sources? Who cares. Much lower pressure than IU. Alford would be crazy to take that job in my mind. He can get better players at Ucla. Lot easier to get west coast kids to La than kids to Bloomington. He's not at Southest Mz. anymore.
Better players on the west coast? The last NC won by a school out west was Az in 97 - 20 years ago.
So maybe the players on the west coast are not better or maybe they are heading east anyway.
I think Alford would want the job. Chance to go back and coach at alma mater. His salary is $2.6 mil less than what Crean was making.
He's at a place now (UCLA) that has high expectations so the high expectations at IU would not be new.
Heck, Ben Howland went to 3 straight F4's but was shown the door.
Question is whether IU would want him. Deepest run in the tournament has been 3 S16's.
I think the "white whale" for IU is Brad Stevens. His salary at Boston is $3.6 million. IU can pony up that.