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Alfraud hasn’t coached a Sweet 16 team in 14 years, and that was three jobs ago.
Shock and Awe for me. I didn't think UCLA was this stupid but I guess anything can happen in Hollywood. Take a day off and this is what happened? LOL.
This post was edited by LaoHawk 13 months ago
I've never gotten engaged in dissing Alford, but I can't resist now. Taking the UCLA job only two weeks after signing a hefty extension with the Lobos tells me that he only accepted the contract to have a better bargaining chip with UCLA. And as some have already mentioned here, I can't believe the stupidity of the UCLA officials to let go of a guy who took them to 3 Final Fours in ten years to hire a guy with such a pathetic tournament record. I think he is going to develop a serious sense of appreciation for Iowa media after the LA papers begin to psycho analyze his every move.
PS. I live in the Bay Area which means I'm going to see a lot of his games on TV! Yikes!
To me, this is one of those jobs where a coach can really prove his worth. Similar to Texas, Alabama, Notre Dame, USC or Ohio State in football, a coach has every resource he needs to be an elite program year after year in basketball at UCLA. I don't agree with the firing of Howland, but I can see why Alford would want a crack at one of the premier jobs in the country.
Gotta be careful with what he wishes for. This could really prove that he can't hack it in a big conference. I'll give him 5 years. (7 years contract, really?). He'll get his top 10 recruiting class and will ride it for a year or 2 then... You know how it goes. (just in case, Worley/Sondy/Reiner/Brody/Scott were a top ten class... and not counting Recker).
Yeah, from a technician like Howland to hair gel. Good luck Bruins. (don't know why they didn't go after that Washington coach)
I hope NM will make a killing on the buyout.
Wait until Tanya checks home prices in the ten mile radius around Westwood Drive.
I forgot all about that tool
mkillian247 on twitter..... I say a lot of stuff you wont care about.
Whether he is successful there or not, I'm not sure it really hurts him in the long run. Let's say he gets fired from UCLA after five years. He'll still probably be an attractive candidate for most mid-major jobs, which is exactly where he was when he accepted the UCLA job.
For Boy Wonder, for him, it's always about 'Stevie'.
'Me' has always been his favorite word.
No matter that he has kids that will be uprooted, just as they're hitting high school.
No matter that he just committed to New Mexico for 10 years.
No matter that he's certainly told recruits, 'he wants them to come play for him at NM'.
He's been a legend in his own mind for years.
And heck, he's earned it, with his great run in the NCAA tourney, this year. (Harvard?)
Golden nailed it though........at least, he is now further from Iowa.
In my mind, I would be doubtful that Coach Wooden would have approved of the hire.
This post was edited by Skyhawk52 13 months ago
'Texan by birth, Hawkeye by the Grace of God'
Just like Batman (Wooden), this boy wonder can never replicate the original.
Reminds me of someone else.
I fully understand the disdain a lot of Hawkeye fans have for him, but with the three things listed here (uprooting his kids as they're hitting high school, having signed a long term deal with NM and having sold recruits on the future at NM), there are dozens of college coaches in football and basketball that do the exact same thing each year. With those three things, I don't think he did anything wrong. That's the nature of the business.
Not sure any college coach will ever come close to duplicating the success Wooden had at UCLA. It's almost impossible to do so, especially with so many star players leaving early for the NBA these days.
This post was edited by Todd Worly 13 months ago
i'm sure that howland's record will be tough for alford to compete with
Wrestling owns the Olympics
Good point - Howland set the bar pretty high in his own right. At a program like UCLA, no matter who the coach is, you ought to be able to land elite recruits on a pretty regular basis. I'm not saying Alford will necessarily win more than Howland did, but it wouldn't surprise me to see him have some success there.
Shaka Smart and Brad Stevens (who turned down UCLA) are smart. If the last 10 years have proven anything (George Mason, Butler twice, VCU and now Wichita State), it is that mid-majors can be a very good destination and can win at the highest level, without the insane fanbase expectations. But Steve Alford's ego will not allow him to "settle" for UNM. He is about to find out what an unrelenting fanbase and a murderous media are like.
For crying out loud, IU picked Kelvin Sampson over him!
I wonder if UNM will release his son Bryce from his LOI.
Harsh words: "UCLA Hired A Scumbag"
Too many have forgotten exactly what Alford did in the aftermath of that incident in Iowa City on September 6, 2002. Chicago News, Sports, Weather, Traffic, and the Best of Chicago - CBS 2 TV | WBBM Newsradio 780 | 670 The Score
This post was edited by Truthhurts 13 months ago
Good article Truth. Alford's handling of Pierre Pierce is a disgrace.
Alford said his son will come with him to fucla.
Please dont talk about him. Thanks
Mike and Mike were ripping Alford this morning for leaving.
is he as good as lil lick? man that doofus was a game changer
opposite of Freddy Brown off the bench.
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