New Mexico was picked by many college basketball pundits to thrive in March Madness. The team’s defense, they said, made Steve Alford’s squad a true contender. But instead, New Mexico lost in the first round against Harvard in a stunning upset.
Apparently, UCLA remained impressed. After getting turned down by Shaka Smart and Brad Stevens, the Bruins have hired Alford to be their next head coach. He was given a $18.2 million contract over seven seasons.
This isn’t a horrible hire by UCLA — but Alford is definitely not on the same level as Smart or Stevens. The choke against Harvard screamed of poor coaching. If he does that while coaching UCLA, he’ll get run out of town in record time.
The Bruins are touting Alford’s toughness and his ability to withstand the bright lights of Los Angeles. They better hope his melting in this year’s first round against Harvard was a fluke.
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