UCLA men’s basketball coach Steve Alford may have led the Bruins to consecutive Sweet Sixteen appearances in his first two years on the job and earned the fans love, but one UCLA fan has proven to be fickle.
Alford’s Bruins stumbled this year, his third in Westwood, and one fan went so far as to hire a plane to fly a banner calling for Alford’s firing.
Pictures of the banner flying around UCLA’s campus were posted to Twitter.
A "Fire Alford" banner flying around Westwood pic.twitter.com/i7wZVgGpOS
— Catlos (@ccaarrllooss) March 14, 2016
— Flash⚡️⚡️⚡️ (@Flash4Life2131) March 14, 2016
Granted, UCLA did struggle mightily under Alford this year, going 15-17 (6-12 Pac-12) and missing out on the NCAA Tournament after closing out the season on a five-game losing streak. Still, to say Alford should be fired is still a bit harsh. Keep in mind, UCLA did beat some top teams this year including Arizona, Gonzaga and a then-top ranked and undefeated Kentucky team. On the whole, he is 64-37 (28-22 Pac-12) in three years with the Bruins, and that isn’t the mark of someone who should be fired.
Thus, though this season was disappointing, UCLA fans need to calm down and realize that Steve Alford will surely bounce back.
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