UCLA has finally found someone to take their head coaching job
Steve Alford, whose #3 seeded New Mexico team lost to Harvard in the first round of the NCAA tournament, will take over for Ben Howland, who was fired after UCLA also lost in the first round, to Minnesota.
Howland was actually pretty successful with the Bruins, going 230-105 in 10 seasons with 7 tournament appearances, including 3 straight Final Four appearances.
That might be one of the reasons UCLA had a hard time finding someone to accept the job. VCU coach Shaka Smart and Butler's Brad Stevens were two prominent names that turned down the job to stay with their mid-major schools, and several other names were thrown around as well. It's unclear how many actually received offers.
Alford should do well at UCLA, considering the fact that he did extremely well at New Mexico. They were 155-52 in 6 seasons, with 3 NCAA tournament appearances, and 3 NIT appearances.
It appears to be getting harder for great basketball programs to bring in great young coaches, because of the changes that have been seen in college basketball lately. As Andy Katz points out, many coaches are staying where they are, because they can make good money and bring in good players, even in mid-major conferences. There's also a lot more job security, because they won't get fired after winning their conference and making a tourney appearance, like Howland did at UCLA.
What do you think about this hire? Is Steve Alford the right guy for UCLA?