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UCLA Fires Alford, Launches National Search

The holidays just became unboring.

UCLA v Arizona
LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 09: Head coach Steve Alford of the UCLA Bruins yells to his players during a semifinal game of the Pac-12 basketball tournament against the Arizona Wildcats at T-Mobile Arena on March 9, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Wildcats won 78-67 in overtime.
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As was rumored, UCLA has fired Steve Alford. They have promoted Murray Bartow to be the interim coach which is interesting because his father, Gene, was also a head coach at UCLA.

The elder Bartow was the first coach to try to replace John Wooden, a task that has proved very difficult in Westwood.

Alford has been unpopular since he was hired and never won fans over. The Ball family fiasco probably didn’t help either.

UCLA will conduct the traditional national search and we’ll bet you that Rick Pitino’s agent has already pitched the former Louisville coach as a natural fit. If you peel away the bad stuff at Louisville, there’s a good argument there: he’s a brilliant coach, he has succeeded everywhere he’s been and UCLA will be transformed as soon as he takes over which, unlike most coaches, he could to tomorrow, or as soon as he could get back from Greece where he’s currently coaching.

Incidentally, Tony Bennett’s name has come up. Although he’d do well anywhere, UCLA fans, we’re guessing, would hate his deliberate style and why would he leave? In Virginia he’s a king. In LA, he’s just another loser coach to scorn for whatever reason.

UCLA fires Bruins basketball coach Steve Alford, begins national search for his replacement