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Celtics coach Brad Stevens on Texas rumors: ‘I’ll be in Boston’

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SAN ANTONIO, TX - MARCH 20: Head Coach Brad Stevens of the Boston Celtics looks on during the game against the San Antonio Spurs on March 20, 2015 at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2015 NBAE (Photo by D. Clarke Evans/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Brad Stevens took a major risk leaving Butler for the Celtics, trying to successfully make the college-to-pro coaching transition like few before him.

But he had the safety net of preserving credibility at the college level.

Anytime a college job comes open, Stevens will be a candidate.

His name came up for the Indiana job earlier this season, and now he’s being mentioned as a possible Rick Barnes replacement at Texas.

Seth Davis of CBS and Sports Illustrated:

Stevens was asked about the rumors, and he offered just four words:

“I’ll be in Boston.”

Texas fans can read that with an implied “for now” tacked on the end, but Stevens seems happy in the NBA. He has the resources to coach how he desires, and the Celtics are in the playoff race. He’ll get Coach of the Year votes.

He also has four years remaining on his contract, so he has security – not that the Celtics would want do dump him anytime soon.

Regardless of how seriously the Longhorns pursued Stevens, it seems they’ve moved on.

Jeff Goodman of ESPN:

Texas has zeroed in on VCU coach Shaka Smart to fill its head-coaching vacancy, multiple sources told ESPN.