UCLA coach Steve Alford publicly removed himself from consideration for the Indiana job early Saturday while insisting he won’t even talk to the school about its opening.

“I am 100 percent absolutely not going to Indiana,” Alford told reporters after the Bruins lost to Kentucky in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.

His agent subsequently confirmed Alford’s words.

So Indiana’s search will finish somewhere other than Westwood.

Alford, an Indiana graduate and former star player, has been a hot name connected to the search since the moment Indiana fired Tom Crean on March 16 because of his strong ties to the area and program. ex-Indiana player and coach Dan Dakich, who now works in the media, told the Indianapolis Star last week that a deal with Alford was “done.” But, clearly, Dakich was misinformed and incorrect.

So where will Indiana turn now?

Some possibilities include Butler coach Chris Holtmann, Xavier coach Chris Mack, Dayton coach Archie Miller, Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall and Virginia coach Tony Bennett. Celtics coach Brad Stevens and Thunder coach Billy Donovan have already made it clear to various reporters they are uninterested in the job.