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Posted: Saturday, March 30, 2013 7:15 am | Updated: 11:53 pm, Sat Mar 30, 2013.

University of New Mexico men's basketball coach Steve Alford has accepted an offer to become the head coach at UCLA.

UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero said Alford is "the perfect fit for UCLA" because he connects with a new generation of players and brings an up-tempo and team-oriented style of play to Westwood.

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8 comments:

  • Ski505 posted at 9:25 pm on Mon, Apr 1, 2013.

    Ski505 Posts: 5

    History??? He has none other than the failure when it matters. Loosing to an extremely low seed like Harvard, never claiming anything like Elite 8, Final 4. He had all the tools/players to do so, and he orchestrated one of the biggest embarrassments in tourney history. Steve Alford is a JOKE!

     
  • Pierce Knolls posted at 8:06 am on Mon, Apr 1, 2013.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 1166

    If Alford's UCLA team loses to Harvard in the first round of the next NCAA tournament, how long do you think he'll keep his new job?

     
  • Richard Farrelly posted at 6:01 pm on Sat, Mar 30, 2013.

    anubis1979 Posts: 4

    Maybe us New Mexicans should consider electing more competent politicians that would work to attract more talent to this state and make it more appealing to outside talent. Rather than doing things that would benefit their own well being or the well being of their own families. It goes for our local college graduates who end up going out of state for HIGHER paying jobs. Think New Mexico, think!!!

     
  • Sabine Strohem posted at 5:06 pm on Sat, Mar 30, 2013.

    Sabine_Strohem Posts: 102

    Given his history and what he just pulled off? I wouldn't say he's a "joke"...

     
  • Steve Salazar posted at 4:51 pm on Sat, Mar 30, 2013.

    Steve Salazar Posts: 636

    Yeah, they need a real coach, Like Elmer, David or Mark.

     
  • Gen13Gent posted at 3:06 pm on Sat, Mar 30, 2013.

    Gen13Gent Posts: 3

    Is it possible that coach Alford was distracted during the Harvard game because his mind was on big competing contract offers? Just asking....

     
  • Todd_Shaw posted at 11:57 am on Sat, Mar 30, 2013.

    Todd_Shaw Posts: 20

    Steve Alford is a joke! The Lobos lose to Harvard and he gets rewarded to coach the winningest program in NCAA history! Wow! Looks like he bit off more than he can chew. He will be fired within 2 years because he will be expected to win championships which he hasn't been able to do anywhere he has coached. The Lobos made him look good so he owes 100% gratitude to his players. Oh, and thanks Steve for quitting on the team and the community that made you. You'll regret it!

     
  • Bobby B posted at 11:01 am on Sat, Mar 30, 2013.

    Bobby B Posts: 1

    You see what happens when locals start talken trash about the only good thing that is (Lobo sports). I am ashamed of the posts in the Journal giving Alford the ultimate decision to leave UNM. This is crushing news. Shame on the ALBUQUERQUE JOURNAL, SHAME ON THOS FANS who are acting like infants over one game. Maybe you"ll think twice about crying like children over one game. I would liek to personally appolagise to Mr. Steve Alford & family from an Albuquerque native & true Lobo fan. I wish you the best in your endevors

     
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