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UCLA: After Oregon, Maybe The National Coaching Search Is Pointless

Maybe the Bruins already have their guy

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 LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 05: Moses Brown #1 of the UCLA Bruins goes up for a dunk against the California Golden Bears during the second half at Pauley Pavilion on January 05, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.
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UCLA pulled off a huge comeback at Oregon to move to 3-0 since firing Steve Alford.

The Bruins were down nine with a minute left in overtime and won.

Highway robbery indeed.

You can talk about Steve Alford having been a bad fit at UCLA or whatever, but Murray Bartow is doing a great job as interim coach. If Alford lost his team, well, Bartow found it.

It’s just three games and there’s a long way to go in the PAC-12 season, so it’s premature to ask, but still: if he keeps this up, wouldn’t Bartow deserve consideration for the job?

It’s not just going 3-0 although that’s really good considering the train wreck that UCLA was becoming, but his ability to psychologically retool his team on the fly, his ability to restore the team’s competitive spirit, is incredibly impressive.

Maybe he’s exactly what UCLA needs.

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