Published: Wed, January 02, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Head basketball coach Steve Alford fired from UCLA

Head basketball coach Steve Alford fired from UCLA

Steve Alford is no longer the head men's basketball coach at UCLA, according to Seth Davis with CBS Sports and The Athletic.

The team has struggled thus far in non-conference play and the school chose to take action after the Bruins lost to Liberty at home Saturday. The team made six of 22 3-pointers.

The Bruins (7-6) started the season 4-0 but lost their last four leading up to Pac-12 play, which begins Thursday against Stanford. So it didn't really matter that Howland had just enrolled the nation's second-best recruiting class and won an outright Pac-12 title by playing faster than anybody else in his league - or that he'd taken the Bruins to three Final Fours in the previous eight years.

Even before Alford's termination, there was a possibility that the Bruins could win the Pac-12 regular season championship if only for the fact that the conference is collectively in a downward spiral.

Alford has served as a coach for UCLA since 2013.

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He was a solid recruiter, bringing in highly regarded classes in recent years. They wanted a bigger name.

During his introductory news conference at UCLA, Alford was asked about his handling of Pierre Pierce when he coached at Iowa. Pierre later pleaded guilty to a lesser charge and was suspended from the team.

Alford kept his family close during his years in Westwood.

Nasukawa's father threw in the towel after 140 seconds of the first round on Monday as his 20-year-old son bravely teetered around the ring trying to get up. Skeptics accused Alford of nepotism when Bryce was groomed as the team's point guard over Zach LaVine, who now plays for the Chicago Bulls. He now plays in the NBA's G League.

The New Castle native played for IU and helped the Hoosiers win the National Championship in 1987. He began at Manchester University in IN, and went on to Missouri State, Iowa and New Mexico.

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