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UCLA Basketball Coach, Steve
Alford, Circa 2013
by Tony Medley
furious this morning. When people asked me who I thought should be
UCLA's new basketball coach, I replied, unhesitatingly, "Andy Enfield,
the guy from Florida Gulf Coast." He is the most exciting young coach in
the country. His team this year ran and ran and ran, and knows how to
run the fast break. Ben Howland's teams never ran one fast break
properly in ten years.
hired a guy who went from the Big Ten to New Mexico, hardly an
advancement, got knocked off by Harvard, of all people, in this year's
NCAAs, and who apparently plays Bobby Knight’s "motion offense," which
is the same boring offense that Ben Howland ran with such lack of
distinction at UCLA. Howland’s motion offense ruined one of the most
talented teams ever to play college basketball, Howland’s 2007-8 squad
with Kevin Love, Russell Westbrook, and Darren Collison, a team that
under John Wooden would have been undefeated national champions, never
once ran a fast break. Love was the best rebounder and outlet passer
since Bill Walton, had two guards who could run like the wind in
Westbrook and Collison, but never got a chance to show it at Pauley
Pavilion thanks to Howland. Worse, his motion offense had Love as the
fourth option on offense. So UCLA gets rid of Howland, but hires another
coach who runs the same offense that drove hordes of fans out of Pauley
Pavilion. This makes sense?
Exacerbating this choice, UCLA apparently induced Alford to breach his
contract at New Mexico, a contract he had just signed 10 days before.
How does this fit in with the high moral standards set by John Wooden at
happens this morning? I learned that USC hired Enfield!!! USC! A football school! Hires the most exciting
young basketball coach in the country, right under the noses of what is
the most hallowed basketball program in American basketball! I'll bet
you a dollar to a doughnut that UCLA didn't even interview the guy.
UCLA basketball fan, I hope that Alford is more than he appears. I hope
he knows how to run a fast break and that he can be more successful than
he has to date. But, even so, Enfield was the obvious choice, a
no-brainer. This is a dark day in UCLA basketball history.
April 2, 2013