Indiana Legend Done at UCLA

Steve Alford, an Indiana Mr. Basketball and star of IU's last National Championship team, is still a legend in this state, but he wasn't up to par for a legendary program like UCLA.

After five-plus seasons with the Bruins, Alford learned that the remainder of his contract would be terminated today:


Alford led the Bruins to three Sweet 16s in his first four years, but following the 31-5 campaign in 2016-17, UCLA was just 28-18.  The Bruins' started this season with blowout losses to Michigan State, North Carolina, and Cincinnati, but an embarrassing 15-point loss to Liberty on Saturday was the final nail in the coffin.

The Indiana legend has led four different teams (Missouri State, Iowa, New Mexico, UCLA) to the NCAA Tournament and is still only 54 years old, so you'd think he'll have another head coaching opportunity. However, he seems to be more suited for programs like Iowa or New Mexico - decent but not spectacular - rather than the championship expectations at a place like UCLA.

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