Coach Larry Brown, who announced Friday that he would stay at the University of Kansas instead of returning to UCLA, insisted Monday there has been no change of heart.
The Los Angeles Times, in a story published Monday, said sources described as close to Brown, whose team won the national basketball championship last week, were making telephone calls saying that Brown might be reconsidering a hasty decision against going back to UCLA.Brown was asked about the report early Monday afternoon after a reception with members of the Kansas congressional delegation, as he and his Jayhawks were about to board a bus for the White House.
"I don't need to say anything," Brown said. "I'm staying at Kansas."
Asked if the report was completely erroneous, Brown repeated, "I'm staying. Talk to Frederick."
Bob Frederick, the Kansas athletic director who was with Brown and the team, said "I don't think there's anything to those reports at this point. In accordance with his contract, he's notified to me that he intends to stay at Kansas next year. So I think the matter is closed."
UCLA Chancellor Charles Young said Sunday that the school obviously had thought Brown was the right man for the job "so I suppose it is possible, under the right circumstances, to consider that again."
"Goodness knows anything can happen given what has happened so far," Young said. "I don't think it is very likely, but I couldn't absolutely rule it out."