Mar 20, 2013; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; New Mexico Lobos head coach Steve Alford celebrates with assistant coach Craig Neal during practice the day before the second round of the 2013 NCAA tournament at EnergySolutions Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Dykes-USA TODAY Sports

Report: UCLA Bruins Hire Steve Alford as Basketball Coach


After missing out on potential candidates like VCU’s Shaka Smart and Butler’s Brad Stevens, the UCLA Bruins basketball team has looked elsewhere for their new head coach. According to ESPN.com senior writer Andy Katz, New Mexico head coach Steve Alford has agreed to a big deal that will make him the UCLA coach.

Per the report

New Mexico men’s basketball coach Steve Alford will be the next head coach at UCLA, multiple sources told ESPN.com senior writer Andy Katz on Saturday morning.

The agreement comes less than two weeks after Alford had agreed to a new 10-year contract with New Mexico that reached into the $2-million-per-season range, including base salary, bonuses and incentives.

So, just to recap, UCLA fired a head coach that led the team to three Final Fours in favor of  a guy who is 5-7 all-time in the NCAA Tournament. I am not sure I follow the logic there, but whatever floats their boat.

At New Mexico, Alford was the only coach in school history to win 22 games in each of his first six seasons. At UCLA, it is going to be a completely different animal. Can he handle the pressure that comes with the LA lights? We’ll have to wait and see.

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  • http://twitter.com/mattsblake Matt Blake

    WOW. Such a bad fire and hire!

    • GoJoeBruinUCLA

      Trust me, as both a huge UCLA fan and the editor of GoJoeBruin.com, firing Howland was a necessary move. I don’t necessarily think hiring Alford was a great call, but Howland had to go. His personality and style didn’t fit at UCLA anymore, and his last five years were very poor. It was time for a change.