UCLA Fires Men’s Basketball Coach Steve Alford

Steve Alford

Steve Alford

It's unclear who will serve as the interim head coach, according to The Athletic.

In what turned out to be his final game with the Bruins, Alford's offense generated more turnovers than baskets before fans who booed the team in the midst of a fourth consecutive loss.

Now, he takes over one of the most prestigious programs in college basketball with the Bruins scheduled to host Stanford to open Pac-12 Conference play on Thursday. Overall, Alford went 124-63 with UCLA, leading the Bruins to four NCAA Tournament appearances, three of which resulted in Sweet 16 trips.

And that "when" came in the overnight hours between Sunday night and Monday morning, when UCLA chose to part ways with Alford after five and a half seasons in charge.

He was a solid recruiter, bringing in highly regarded classes in recent years.

In the spring of 1975, Gene Bartow was named the men's basketball coach at UCLA. Boosters targeted Alford in subsequent seasons, with planes carrying banners that urged his firing flying over campus and petitions circulated online urging his ouster.

Although no official announcement has been made, the writing has been on the wall for Alford. Pierce was charged with raping a female Iowa athlete during the 2001-02 season and Alford staunchly defended him.

Alford said he "did everything he was told to do" in response to the news conference question. All three were suspended.

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.

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