On Saturday, UCLA pulled off a shocking coaching hire in bringing Steve Alford over from New Mexico. Alford had signed a 10-year contract with the Lobos and less than two weeks later he was making the transition to La La Land.
Such is the transitive world of college coaching these days. We took to Twitter to check out how the fans of both the Bruins and Lobos were reacting to the big-time hire.
Here’s how Steve Alford was able to get out of his ten-year contract extension at New Mexico. twitter.com/JayBilas/statu…
— Jay Bilas (@JayBilas) March 30, 2013
Steve Alford to UCLA. Should have known he’d go there with that stylish, Hollywood hairdo of his.
— SportsPickle (@sportspickle) March 30, 2013
Steve Alford to UCLA. I like it!! #goodforhim
— Jason Armes (@jasonarmes80) March 30, 2013
Congrats to new men’s bball ucla head coach steve alford! Lets have a good year! #gobruins
— PlayLocker (@PlayLocker) March 30, 2013
Well good bye Steve alford way to be a dick and leave New Mexico after signing a 10 year contract and go to UCLA I officially hate you
— Micah Walburg (@micahwalburg_2) March 30, 2013
Steve Alford: The story of how a ten-year contract turned into ten days.
— Marc Nemcik (@marcnemcik) March 30, 2013
I knew Ball State was moving too slow in their coaching search. Steve Alford definitely would have came to us over UCLA #dreamworld
— Matt Messmer (@MattMessmer10) March 30, 2013
— David Newman (@dn3524) March 30, 2013
HONESTLY ALTHOUGH ITS CRAZY FAR FETCHED,I WANTED MR.ALCINDER TO RETURN TO UCLA AS HEAD COACH,BUT THEY GOT WHO THEY WANTED IN STEVE ALFORD
— Your HIGHness (@KingEazyDa1) March 30, 2013
UCLA must be CRAZY !!! Hiring Steve Alford !! They must be going D. 3in Basketball !!
— stevenspecht (@stevenspecht1) March 30, 2013
Steve. Alford. ? UCLA confirms they are truly irrelevant. He’s never advanced past the round of 32 in 6 tourney appearances as a coach. SMH
— Ron (@rrush59) March 30, 2013
This Steve Alford stuff is ridiculous. Re-ups with UNM 10 days ago for 10 years, $20M. Leaves today for UCLA. 10 days ago!
— Mav Taylor(@indirectsnap) March 30, 2013
Steve Alford, talk about loyalty.
— Sammy Cash (@Senamon_Roll) March 30, 2013
I hope Steve Alford gets 0 recruits to come with him To UCLA.
— Adam Roy (@RoydRage12) March 30, 2013
— Sal/Em (@Maldonado615) March 30, 2013
@wildcatnews Maybe I am missing something here but why so down on the Steve Alford hire?
— Greg Brian (@jgbrian) March 30, 2013
Steve Alford’s 10-year extension at New Mexico lasted … 10 days. Good times, good times.
— Mark Osborne (@MetroNYSports) March 30, 2013
@billplaschke I don’t see the rock star image in Steve Alford…but he’s a Bobby Knight kid…that enough is a STAR RESUME!!
— 17Gemeaux (@Gemeaux17) March 30, 2013
Not sure why UCLA hired Steve Alford. #OhWell
— Stan Yoshinobu (@stanyoshinobu) March 30, 2013
Was the ink even dry on Steve Alford’s 10-year extension he signed last week to stay at New Mexico?The NCAA is getting more insane.
— Flick (@mikeflick) March 30, 2013
#ThingsThatPissMeOff Steve Alford screwing UNM and going to UCLA.
— She’s So Mean (@3ambarbie) March 30, 2013
@dickiev Steve Alford: great Hoosier, great coach!
— Luke Allen (@hoosierpilot) March 30, 2013
I wish I could I high five Steve Alford. Who would want to coach UNM anyway?!?!?
— Steph V. (@wonderklown) March 30, 2013
UCLA AD says Steve Alford is a perfect fit.Of course he was fourth or fifth choice. & his team got bounced by Harvard. Other than that…
— Ann Killion (@annkillion) March 30, 2013
Welcome to the #UCLA family Coach Steve Alford!
— Morgan Reese (@Morgan_ten) March 30, 2013
Steve Alford to UCLA? I thought the point of replacing your coach was upgrading to a better one. Who did UCLA consult on this, Jim Buss?
— Timothy Osborn (@timeosborn) March 30, 2013
@eamonnbrennan Say “Steve Alford just went Lebron James on the Lobos”
— Jeff Chavez (@MileHighJefe) March 30, 2013
Steve Alford must be one if the most upstanding, above board and loyal coaches out there #sarcastic
— Ron Allen (@ICHawkeye) March 30, 2013
Waking up to hearing Steve Alford is moving to UCLA #betrayal
— kerri (@kerri_lynnn) March 30, 2013
Why would you fire Ben Howland for Steve Alford. Makes no sense
— Ed Wirtz (@Bearcat_ED30) March 30, 2013
UCLA hired Steve Alford. Anyone remember when UCLA had a good basketball program???
— Jonathan Paul (@TheRealJPaul) March 30, 2013
Steve Alford; confirmed #pot head
— mmjForBipolar (@mmjForBipolar) March 30, 2013
WTF Steve Alford! #pissed
— Ashley St. John (@ashst_) March 30, 2013
Worse weekend move in sports…signing romo to a $108 million deal or UCLA hiring “annual first round loser” Steve Alford
— Dallas Shipp (@dallasshipp) March 30, 2013
UCLA hires Steve Alford lmao smh … He just lost to Harvard!
— Juan Manuel(@LIT0SWAY) March 30, 2013
99% of UCLA Basketball fans had to google “Steve Alford” this morning.
— Littlest Jon (@JonofFullerton) March 30, 2013