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UCLA announced this morning that the Bruins hired him. Story on the way.
Seems like they had to settle for Alford. Is this an upgrade? I dont really think so.
You never know though. Lots of people questioned the Altman hire at Oregon and he has worked out well for us.
Obviously, I've stated many times that I thought the coaching hire would go another way. However, I am pleased with the hire.
I've always admired Steve Alford's coaching ability and style. I knew why he was at New Mexico. I thought he did a nice job at Iowa and Southwest Missouri State prior to that. Accordingly, he revived SWMSU, Iowa, and the New Mexico. He is the kind of coach that I like.
He was not a candidate that many people talked about... (including me). There were fancier more popular choices. Shaka, Butler Brad, Pitino, donovan but none of those choices were realistic. It seemed unlikely.
When you start a coaching search you have to start at the top, swinging for the fences knowing that it is unlikely. After that you sort through the more realistic choices. It's the same thing that happened with Jim Mora. There were a number of people who thought that he was "plan B" selection. Truth is... he was. Just because mora wasn't on the top of the list didn't mean he wasn't immensely qualified to coach our football team... I feel the same way about Alford.
He runs an uptempo offense that we will all enjoy (boo Howland) and knows how to teach different types of defenses and not just reliant on one type (Howland).
Now that he is our coach I am thrilled. But no I didn't see this coming.
Does anyone else remember playing Indiana for the NIT championship?? He was the starting guard for the Hoosiers and Montel Hatcher destroyed him.
Your old coach got to the second round.
Sam Gilbert ain't walking through that door.
This post was edited by MatanzasCat 13 months ago
Think he'll do well. Given time. The Ben Howland situation was not going anywhere, keep that in mind.
"Your old coach got the second round."
Not sure who you're referring to when you mention our "old coach"?
Howland? Guessing you don't mean him because he lost in the first round which is why he is currently updating his resume.
Steve Alford took South West Missouri State and New Mexico to the SWEET SIXTEEN. Teams that had much less talent than the previous coach had when advanced past the first round.
Sam Gilbert??? I'm not really old enough to get that reference. Who is he again? Can you help me with this how is he relevant to our current circumstances or anything that has happened last 30 years???? My grandfather mentioned the name before but it was so long ago so I'm not sure what he was talking about. Please elaborate.
This is a most thoughtful and aggressive hire... I believe UCLA got the man they wanted, and it seems that the Athlete Department is setting a standard of excellence starting with the hiring of Coaches that are driven to be more than just successful, but also the elevation and spirit of competitive excellence..
That would be news to Lobo fans.
You're right... I understand your post. He didn't get to the sweet sixteen with N.M. but advanced to the second round in 2011.
Alford will do just fine. He better, that is. Bruins fans won't stand for anything less.
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