By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The UCLA Bruins Men’s Basketball team will have a new leader. The school fired former Head Coach Steve Alford early Monday morning.
The decision was made following the school’s 7-6 record to begin the 2018-19 season. Athletic Director Dan Guerrero decided to make the move after the Bruins lost four straight games.
Alford’s last game with the team was a 73-58 loss to the Liberty Flames on December 29th. During the four-game losing streak, they also lost to the Belmont Bruins, Cincinnati Bearcats, and to No. 15 Ohio State Buckeyes.
The Bruins have not won a game since a 65-62 win over the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on December 8th.
UCLA is 3-0 against ranked teams this season. They also lost 87-67 to the then-No. 11 Michigan State Spartans in the Las Vegas Invitational Semifinals on November 22nd.
The Bruins were defeated 94-78 by No. 7 North Carolina Tar Heels in the Las Vegas Invitational Third Place Game on November 23rd.
The 54-year-old Franklin, Indiana native went 124-63 as the Bruins head coach. He guided the team to the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament in four of the six seasons.
Three of the seasons the Bruins advanced to the NCAA Division I Sweet 16. That happened during the 2013-14, 2014-15, and 2016-17 seasons.
With Alford as the Head Coach, the Bruins went 55-35 in Pac-12 Conference play. He was fired this season before conference play started.
His best conference mark with the team was a 15-3 mark in 2016-17. That season was Alford’s best as it went 31-5.