Found March 30, 2013 on
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.
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Twitter just exploded with the news that the UCLA Bruins have hired Steve Alford away from New Mexico. Steve Alford is not an upgrade over the just fired Ben Howland. Alford went to one sweet sixteen, 14 years and three jobs ago. Alford hasn’t advanced past the round-of-32 in his last 6 NCAA Tournaments, compiling a tourney record of just 5-7.
And Steve Alford had just “agreed”...
After firing Ben Howland and then whiffing on Shaka Smart and Brad Stevens, the UCLA Bruins have hired Steve Alford, formerly of New Mexico.
When the players of the New Mexico Lobos woke up Saturday morning, they had no idea their head coach Steve Alford has already agreed in principle to become the next head coach of the UCLA Bruins. But they found out soon after, while in the midst of a community service event the team was participating at in Albuquerque – soon after the players were having an emotional final meeting with Alford.
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