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#pounditThursday, January 27, 2022

Banner calling for Steve Alford’s firing flies over UCLA

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Steve Alford seems to have worn out his welcome in Westwood.

A banner calling for the firing of the UCLA basketball coach was spotted flying over campus on Thursday. It read, “Final Fours Not First Fours #FireAlford,” in reference to the Bruins’ loss to St. Bonaventure in the First Four play-in.

Alford has gone 117–57 (.672) in his five seasons coaching the Bruins and has made three Sweet Sixteen appearances over that span. But the First Four loss capped off a disappointing 21-12 campaign for UCLA this time around. Alford also presided over a horrific 2015-16 season where the Bruins went just 15-17 and missed the NCAA Tournament altogether, resulting in Alford voluntarily returning the one-year extension he had at the time.

Granted, UCLA is slated to have another stacked freshman class coming in next year, and Alford’s current extenion runs through the 2020-21 season. But the Bruins faithful already saw one prominent coach of theirs fired after a similar campaign was waged, and it looks they’re trying their hand at it again.


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