Found March 30, 2013 on College Spun:
PLAYERS: Bill Simmons
TEAMS: UCLA Bruins
Today, Steve Alford announced that he will be leaving the University of New Mexico to become the head coach of the UCLA Bruins. The move seems like a no-brainer, until you remember that just last week he signed a letter of agreement (not the official document) for a 10-year extension as head coach of the Lobos. Now, nobody can fault a guy for jumping at a golden opportunity that he has rightfully earned — there’s no question that the UCLA job is one of the best in college basketball. But certainly there’s something cold about pledging a long-term commitment only to rescind it just days later. It’s the same reason why so many fans and coaches hate the system of verbal commitments in college athletics. However, it’s not even the University of New Mexico that people are sympathizing with — it’s the players who Alford will be leaving behind. If all were fair, the NCAA would either let all Alford’s players transfer w/o penalty or would make Alford sit out a year. — darren rovell (@darre...
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