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Posted: Saturday, March 30, 2013 7:00 am | Updated: 11:31 pm, Tue Apr 2, 2013.

ALBUQUERQUE — The kid who grew up shooting hoops in John Wooden Gym in Martinsville, Ind., is following the Wizard of Westwood’s footsteps all the way to Tinsel Town.

In a move that was as stunning as it was swift, Steve Alford stepped down as the head men’s basketball coach at The University of New Mexico to accept the same position at UCLA. The announcement came Saturday morning, just days after Ben Howland was fired as the Bruins’ head coach and less than two weeks after Alford signed a 10-year, $20 million extension with UNM.

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3 comments:

  • Pat Shackleford posted at 10:29 pm on Sun, Mar 31, 2013.

    Pat Shackleford Posts: 573

    Maybe the university won't have to charge $20 for event-parking (the recent rodeo, for example) if they don't have to pay him all those million$ now.

     
  • Ron Romero posted at 8:15 am on Sun, Mar 31, 2013.

    RonRomero Posts: 44

    Didn't I read an article about 2 weeks telling Lobo fans not to worry... that Alford wasn't going anywhere for a while? Would have been nice to have a basis for writing that statement. Turned out to be more like a kiss of death. This one hurts , but a new coach could be even better.

     
  • R Thomas Berner posted at 4:19 am on Sun, Mar 31, 2013.

    R Thomas Berner Posts: 9

    I wonder what kind of editorial this will evoke. [wink]

     

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