Open Letter to Dan Guerrero

Dear Mr. Guerrero,

We, the undersigned, are writing to you as a group of devoted Bruin fans.

The people on this list consist of alumni, boosters, donors, and fans, all brought together in an unprecedented way because we share one common opinion.  

We would first like to let you know we understand the pressures and challenges you face in running the UCLA athletic department.  We recognize the accomplishments of making UCLA’s athletic department fiscally successful, renovating Pauley Pavilion and building the football and basketball facilities, especially in the state school environment of California and the economic climate of the last several years.

We believe that UCLA is in our hearts and that being a Bruin means so much to you, as it does to all of us.

Like you, being a Bruin has been such an important aspect of our lives. Many of us grew up Bruin fans, and come from families with many generations of Bruins.   

So much of our lives are remembered and associated with UCLA, and for the undersigned, the UCLA basketball program. For 60 years it’s been one of the most unique and special sports teams in the world.  The beauty, excellence and dignity of Bruin basketball has been a thread throughout our lives, something we could always rely on.  

However, we can’t do that anymore.

Everyone who signs this petition assuredly agrees that the state of UCLA basketball is in a crisis.  For many of us who have been Bruin fans for decades, it is a recognition that this crisis is in many ways unprecedented for the program.  Many of us lived through the Walt Hazzard and Larry Farmer years, and we remember those well as an extended period of time in the 1980’s where on-court success and relevancy seemed lost.  Until recently, that period of time could have been referred to as the “low-point” in the basketball program’s post-John Wooden history, and yet compared to that era, this current time with Steve Alford feels different.  Yes, there are similarities in terms of wins and losses, but the program doesn’t have that same glow and spirit to it.  Even under Steve Lavin, it was still UCLA basketball and crowds at Pauley Pavilion did not plummet like we have seen since Steve Alford took over.  Even when Ben Howland’s program was on the decline, his players could be counted on to always play with great effort, and he loved and respected UCLA basketball.

We could spout stats to you, cite statistics showing Pauley Pavilion setting historical records for lowest annual average attendance, but you know all that.  What we can offer you is the prevailing perspective of the majority of the UCLA basketball fan community, articulated in a way that only Bruin fans who have a deep and heartfelt connection to the program can understand and feel.  

You have stated that no one understands expectations at UCLA like you do, and our hope is that you will similarly uniquely understand the anguish that UCLA fans are experiencing as our beloved program has been decaying before our eyes. While, of course, there are some with unreasonable expectations of where the program should be, we believe the vast majority of UCLA fans have a clear understanding that the days of John Wooden are over and we all simply want a competitive program that we can all be proud of. That is one of the main reasons the undersigned felt that approaching you in this manner, with this voice, was necessary – to help make clear that we are not demanding national championships and undefeated seasons every year, and to make clear that most UCLA fans have, over the course of several years, arrived at a balanced and fair assessment of UCLA basketball.  

In unprecedented numbers this is our collective opinion:

  1. The teams Alford has put on the court in his three years have been talented, but they play with very little effort, and thus the variation and inconsistency in results (e.g., beating Kentucky, losing to Washington State). One of the great indicators for sustained and consistent success among the most successful college coaches has been an ability to motivate their teams to give maximum effort.  It shows respect to the coach, the fans and, for UCLA, the Four Letters on the uniform.  Yet until these last three years, we haven’t seen this lack of effort from a UCLA program under a specific coach (including Steve Lavin) in our lifetimes. As fans our obligation is to support the team, regardless of wins and losses and ups and downs. But the one obligation of the team in return is to play hard.  Alford’s teams have broken that pact with UCLA fans, which we believe is a driving factor in the attendance decline and the UCLA fan community’s inability to embrace Steve Alford.  
  2. The lack of good, sound basketball.  UCLA, for the most part of 60 years, has embodied well-taught, fundamentally-sound basketball. The basketball that is being played by Alford’s program does not come close to this ideal.  It’s embarrassing to listen on a nationally televised game when TV commentators, who perpetually soft-pedal their criticism, blatantly call out the fundamentals of a Steve Alford-coached UCLA team. Charles Barkley, as a commentator for the recent NBA Dunk Contest, said “I only watch good [college] teams, that’s why I don’t watch UCLA.”  The fact that this has even a slight chance of being said about UCLA basketball cuts at the core of everything we hold dear about the ideals of UCLA basketball and the legacy that John Wooden built. We believe that in addition to Steve Alford’s inability to motivate his players to consistently play hard, he has failed to instill sound fundamentals into his players, the combination of which has led to what has now essentially become a .500 basketball program and why there is so little hope among the undersigned for significant improvement in the future no matter how much talent is eventually recruited into the program.
  3. Even if you feel it’s not true, you have to be aware that the perception among UCLA fans is that Alford is using UCLA basketball as a platform and showcase for his son, Bryce, at the expense of the team, the program, the fans, and the legacy of UCLA basketball. This isn’t something a few crazy fringe fans believe, but the overwhelming majority of rational, fair-minded UCLA fans who have watched the team consistently since Steve and Bryce Alford arrived.  It’s important for you to know what this perception is, and that UCLA fans believe their beloved UCLA program has been hijacked to a degree by a coach who has put his family interest ahead of those of the UCLA program, and just how anathema that is to the undersigned who cherish the program as something greater than a mere basketball team.  If you talk candidly with UCLA fans, they’ll cite this favoritism as one of the biggest reason they’ve abandoned the program, that it violates standards and ideals they need to support a program and coach.

There are more issues, but we won’t laundry list all of them.  

This all has made us collectively feel that what we’re watching isn’t UCLA basketball.  The product on the court is surreal, bringing about a foreign, strange feeling, literally like the UCLA basketball program has been stolen from us.  

This is an amazing turn of events, something we could never envision in our lifetime.  UCLA basketball was sacred and it’s now being denigrated in a way we thought we’d never live to see.    

It’s heartbreaking for us.

Just so you know, it’s changed the state of the UCLA basketball fan in a way we’ve never witnessed.   It used to be that UCLA basketball fans, regardless of the wins and losses in any given year, still cared about UCLA basketball.  The record-low attendance obviously reflects this, but beyond the empty seats at Pauley Pavilion, interest in UCLA basketball among even the formerly most-ardent UCLA fans is at an all-time low. For the first time ever, UCLA basketball fans are sitting out their UCLA basketball fandom, with so many expressing that they no longer plan their social schedules around UCLA basketball games, that they no longer even bother to watch games on TV, and that they simply cannot bring themselves to follow the program again until Steve Alford is no longer the head coach and the program and its integrity can begin the process of being rebuilt. Certainly the last few poor years under Howland contributed, but these three deeply disappointing and disorienting years under Alford has made it too overwhelming for fans to continue to endure. It is simply too painful to watch. We’ve lost UCLA basketball and don’t see the light of it coming back soon.  

Many of us are older fans, and we feel there is an increasingly less likelihood of seeing another successful era of UCLA basketball in our lifetimes.  And again, it’s not just about success on the court and wins and losses; it’s about restoring the integrity of UCLA basketball, so its players have reverence for the Four Letters and firing out with maximum effort every time they take the court in respect of John Wooden. It’s about restoring the basic dignity of UCLA basketball so we’re no longer a punch line for TV commentators.  It’s about restoring the bond between the UCLA basketball program and the UCLA basketball program fan-base.

Many people on this list will not attend another UCLA basketball game until Steve Alford is dismissed. Many of people on this list will not donate another dollar to the athletic department until Steve Alford is dismissed. Obviously the fan turnout at Pauley Pavilion is reflective of this opinion.  And while we understand that the football program’s recent success has driven many donor dollars to the Wooden Fund, we are sure you understand that there is an enormous amount of potential donor dollars that could be tapped if the basketball program is liberated.  

We assume that you believe firing Alford after three seasons is harsh. In your time at UCLA, you’ve never done that before. There are enough of us who agreed with you when you gave Karl Dorrell and Rick Neuheisel probably one additional year before you dismissed them. But the Alford situation is different.  If you wait one more year, after the several bad Howland years and Alford’s three seasons, we’re afraid you might permanently damage UCLA basketball to the point it won’t easily bounce back. As we detailed earlier, this period of UCLA basketball harkens back to the 1980’s as a sustained low-point of UCLA basketball, but with the unique crisis of UCLA basketball losing its identity, legacy and fan-base in ways that differentiate it as perhaps the single greatest crisis period of UCLA basketball since its inception.

The Pauley Pavilion re-model and construction of the basketball practice facility will both resonate as lasting contributions to the basketball program and UCLA as whole, for decades. But the reality is, when it comes to your legacy as UCLA’s athletic director, those accomplishments could ultimately be overshadowed by how you handle the Alford situation.  The undersigned believe you have one last thing to do to ensure your legacy at UCLA, and that’s restore UCLA basketball to its rightful place as one of the most respected and honorable college basketball programs in the country. Taking action at the end of this season rather than waiting one more year could be what it would take for the UCLA fan community to forgive the unsuccessful hiring of Alford, since you swiftly took the action necessary to correct it.  Send a decisive message to the UCLA community that you’re willing to do what it takes to get this done. We want so much to support you; give us the final reason to do it.  

As a gesture of our sincere desire to send our message to the athletic department in a constructive manner as partners, we opted not to start an offensive website, or storm the Morgan Center with protests. We chose to voice our opinion to you this civil way, so you’d appreciate that we are not the lunatic fringe, but the deeply frustrated core of reasonable UCLA basketball fans. We hope it inspires you to provide us the courtesy of your attention and motivates you to take action.  

With sincere respect and regards,

The UCLA Basketball Fan Community

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1,686 thoughts on “Open Letter to Dan Guerrero

  1. Yes, a change is needed. I don’t expect a repeat of Wooden’s wins, but it is not unreasonable for UCLA to make the NCAA tournament EACH year. Many other teams do with less resources.

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  2. Unacceptable mediocrity from Steve Alford and his team. Change starts at the top with the leadership and Mr. Alford has totally failed to bring UCLA within spitting distance of a championship. Coach Wooden would be ashamed and outraged at the utter lack of improvement and success in a program that boasts 11 NCAA championships. I believe the players want to win, but their coaching staff’s performance suggests such a sentiment is not shared amongst the leadership and management of this basketball team.

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  3. The issue that concerns me most is the obvious nepotism. Many commentators can’t understand why UCLA players seem demoralized. Really? That’s why there are so many laws on the books prohibiting nepotism. This is obviously a blind spot with the coach. To me, this nepotism is a reflection of extreme selfishness. Things will not change next year with Bryce being a senior. Unless something radically changes, UCLA will again seriously underperform next year with Alford as coach.

    Ron Howard, a UCLA fan for the past 57 years!

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  4. AD Dan Guerrero is the epitome of mediocrity, no wonder he wants to retain Alford another year. BOTH NEED TO BE FIRED. RESTORE UCLA EXCELLENCE.

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  5. I’m sad that the basketball program has been reduced to a lifeless trash heap, and I will continue to not attend any games until Steve Alford is removed. I hope that someone does the right thing and pulls the plug because change is the only way to fix this mess.

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  6. Peter Imlay Class of ’91

    What more can I possibly say other than the fact that I have passed through a multi-year phase of anger about UCLA Basketball and simply don’t care anymore? You have succeeded in killing one of the most respected and revered institutions in American sports history. Shame on you!

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  7. In my opinion the Governors office from the State of California should conduct a investigation into the UC Regents for negotiating and ultimately foolishly coming to terms with a UC employee (Steve Alford) buyout clause in a employee contract for $10.6 million dollars. Last time I checked, this is a University of California state school, that ultimately the State of California taxpayers would be on the hook for? It’s absurd. I’d like to know WHO specifically signed off on that contract in the UC Regents and gave it’s blessing and approval. I believe an internal investigation by the State of California, should be initiated, to take a closer look at this to see specifically who is responsible and terminate them. It’s bigger than just a losing season. The biggest loser is the State of California taxpayers and the students in a cash strapped system.

    This is more than just UCLA and their poor season. It’s a failure of the UC Administration to protect the State of California and it’s taxpayers. When schools are having budget shortfalls, who thought it was ok to agree to this absolute stupidity? If you temporarily ignore the losing season and focus on the failure of the UC Regents and their legal staff for being out negotiated by Alford’s agent or lawyer; whomever it may be…that’s who should be really scrutinized here.

    Who in the hay allows that? How did that outrageous clause ever pass the due diligence and common sense of the UC Regents in employee contract package negotiations?

    No coach IS WORTH A $10.6 MILLION BUYOUT. Name one other employee in the UC Regent system that has an absurd contract that stipulates that? No one in the entire ADMIN of the UC Regents has a golden parachute of that nature.

    This is a complete litany of a platitude of poor decisions. Now let’s get on with basketball.

    Why was Alford even on UCLA’s candidate’s list to begin with? That’s the real question that really needs to be answered in regards to basketball operations.

    Was there a school committee to put together the list of head coaches and ultimately selected Alford? Did Guerrero defer and delegate to Associate AD’s to come up with a list, or was it by committee or was it AD all by himself?

    How were the potential candidates vetted, analyzed and critiqued?

    If the current AD believes that for a second that the incoming frosh is taking them to the promised land, he’s drinking some serious Kool-Aid. They’ll go 20-10 or 21-9 and those kids will be off to the NBA, because Alford doesn’t know how to coach and the players will run the show just like this season. But, here’s really the problem, we’re stuck with him after they leave. Alford never played any defense when he played at Indiana, so why would he hold his own son accountable right? But that’s ok, he’ll sacrifice the marquee UCLA program just to play his kid, while marquee talent like Lavine left and guys like Holiday and Prince suffer. This has been a complete meltdown and poor leadership from not just the AD of UCLA, but also from UCLA’s chancellor and the overall UC Regents. Alford should never have been hired and the contract should never have been negotiated.

    When does this all end, more importantly how does this end?

    I can think of a lot more respected and capable coaches that would take the keys to the hallowed grounds of Pauley Pavilion away from both Guerrero and Alford that actually deserve it, who wouldn’t demand such a ridiculous buy-out clause and practices nepotism, and actually make UCLA a beacon of respectability again.

    This exercise in futility is what’s wrong with the UC Regents and the system itself.

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  8. I’m done with UCLA basketball unless a change is made. Allowing Alford to hijack our program to showcase his son is completely unacceptable and totally irresponsible by our athletic department.

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  9. Why keep a coach who has demonstrated poor record for the past three years and favor his son over more talented players to the detriment of UCLA basketball.

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  10. Add another to the list of alumni/loyal fans who are disappointed with the decision to not fire Coach Steve Alford immediately.

    Spencer Diller

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  11. I waited until the end of the season to make any judgement on the state of the program. The team’s regression through the season convinces me that new leadership is needed. Make the change now. Another year will only do further harm.

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  12. Dear Dan

    it’s time to show that you really cared and loved UCLA. It’s time to make a change to restore our beloved UCLA basketball.

    Enough is enough. It’s been embarrassing to even watch our team play on TV.

    Sincerely,

    Die Hard UCLA Fan

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  13. The Proud UCLA Basketball Program is sinking FAST. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE save this program before it’s too late…before it gets harder to dig out of this deep hole…before the recruits turn away…before the fans completely stop going to the games…MAKE WOODEN and all the RESPECTABLE FORMER players and all the fans be proud again. Go Bruins!

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  14. Self-awareness is appalling. UCLA basketball is in desperate need of an over-haul. Amazing the AD settles for a very sick program.

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  15. Just watched brackets being announced. Painful to see UCLA missing from the bracket 😦

    Alford has steered this proud program in the wrong direction. Pathetic showing. Alford needs to go – NOW!

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  16. Keeping Alford because of the recruits is a cowardly way out. Perhaps he can lose another NBA player like La Vine by stubbornly playing his son. Bryce never saw a shot he didn’t love and doesn’t know the meaning of defense.

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  17. I have never before signed any such petition until now ,because I strongly believe that Steve Alford should not be coaching the UCLA Bruins.

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  18. No more Coach Alford!!!!! Pauley will be a morgue next year if he’s retained. Mr. Guerrero please heed our call- this is your legacy we’re talking about. Do the right thing, listen to the loyal fan base, make the change NOW!!!

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  19. The fact that Alford wasn’t gone the minute UCLA walked off the court after Wednesday’s loss to USC is a pretty clear indicator that money, power, and, well, money are far more important that a winning basketball team. I can’t even bear to watch now.

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  20. Bruin fan since ’64. Three losses to Boo-SC? And the last game, they gave up – completely unacceptable – we shoulda kept Harrick – whatever – Alford is not the guy, sad to say – next! Go Bruins – Die USC – Bill Locey, UCLA 1978

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  21. I am an alum and I contribute to the Wooden Fund. i am not happy with the direction of the program. We have talent in the BB squad but we seem very lost in every facet of the game. Please find another coach that can do a better job.

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  22. When hired to coach a team of this caliber the expectation should be a teams continued improvement on the court as the season progresses as well as the ability to motivate his players. Coach Alford has failed at both. I fell that i am reliving the years of Coach Lavin. How hard is it to find a great teacher/coach with a love for the game and UCLA.

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  23. You lose the 2-time reigning NBA dunk contest winner because of Steve Alford playing “daddy ball”. Not to mention the kid is one of the most talented guards to come to UCLA in years and wanted to stay at UCLA. The lack of defensive fundamentals and grit and hustle, just makes you wonder if someone is just collecting a check and building up his resume instead of winning and teaching life skills. That’s what we are missing, we are missing a coach that coaches beyond basketball. Alford’s all about getting his son a free degree and hopefully and NBA job. I will not renew my season seats.

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  24. Jim Ontiveros I stopped watching the games at midseason because of their mediocre performance. The talent is there for a much better record. It starts with the coach and his performance is poor at best. I was initially pleased with the hire but now regret it. He has to go.

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  25. Dear Sir,

    I am a lifelong UCLA hoops fan and alumnus, having graduated in 1970 after matriculating in every one of Lew Alcindor’s years as a Bruin.

    I rarely write letters such as this, but I am compelled to object to continuing Steve Alford’s contract as our head coach of men’s basketball.

    The evidence on Steve Alford’s coaching acumen is very alarming. His year one performance was based on inheriting a roster with a huge amount of NBA talent and experience. In year two, he was lucky to get into the tournament. Many thought UCLA did not deserve a berth. This year, we don’t even qualify for the NIT. The performance of this year’s team shows the same negative trend, including the humiliation of losing three games to SC, all by wide margins.
    Alford’s bad judgment in several areas can be considered even more problematic. In his first UCLA press conference, his defensive posture over the Paul Pierce situation at Iowa exhibited a serious lack of accountability. It took a second press conference and apparently a serious amount of “coaching” on his response for him to just admit a minimal amount of regret over what transpired. That is not the sort of moral center that we should have in the head of our basketball program.

    More directly harmful to the success of our basketball team has been the nepotism Coach Alford has shown toward the use of his son. Despite the opinion of many, many basketball experts that Bryce Alford is at best a mid-level Pac-12 guard, his father gives him huge minutes per game in the face of mediocre shooting and horribly bad defense. Bryce’s issues on defense stem from average speed and quickness and very poor effort, which is by far worse. Coach Alford calls his son one of the team’s leaders. Then incredibly he wonders why he can’t get better defense out of his team! This blatant nepotism is the main reason why I have zero confidence in continuing to put the future of UCLA basketball in the hands of Steve Alford. We can and must do better.

    It is not unprecedented to cut loose a coach after three years or less. It has happened in elite programs such as North Carolina and Kentucky. Such decisiveness could be an important factor in how these programs continue to be “elite” year after year. Look at our attendance numbers trending down. Look at our team performance trending down. Consider the un-precedented level of demand for a new coach. It is time to act.

    Sincerely,
    Denis Ryono
    1970 graduate of UCLA

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  26. Steve Alford is not the coach to restore the program’s prestigious reputation. He doesn’t seem eager to improve as a coach and doesn’t acknowledge that he led the program to its lowest point ever. As a devoted Bruin fan, I vote to replace Alford now!

    Emily

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  27. Steve Alford destroyed Iowa’s program, stabbed New Mexico in the back, and is currently hard-at-work at dismantling Bruin basketball. No way should UCLA post this kind of record with the talent they have access to. John Wooden is rolling in his grave. Please do what is best for UCLA and kindly show Alford the door.

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  28. What a major disappointment to the four letters and lack of leadership within the program. Compromising our cultural standards and expectations to a new low.

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  29. I’m a ’78 graduate and have not donated to UCLA in the past 3 years and will NOT donate another dollar to the University until both you and Alford are gone. Period. You each have disgraced the UCLA brand name.

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  30. No accountability exists on the team. This is clear to anyone who knows basketball. This is on the coach. Program is at an all time low. Is Guerrero going to be the accountable AD and replace the coach? That’s what we, as alumni, want now.

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  31. It’s a disgrace to have Steve Alford as the basketball coach. We need to restore UCLA’s legacy in college basketball.

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  32. This is an all-time low for UCLA basketball and Alfords track record so far does not spark any glimmer of hope that things will change next year with him at the helm.

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  33. Our lack of chemistry, effort, trust and heart don’t reflect the values of UCLA BBall. Or the university!! I strongly encourage a change in leadership from a proud alum.

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  34. As a student, I can say that I only hope things get better. Please do something about this. I love the Bruins and I want to see us return to our former glory.

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  35. Alford’s poor coaching has lowered my enthusiasm to the point where I almost never watch games, and instead simply read score logs or final game results.

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  36. I had season tickets to UCLA basketball before Steve Alford became coach. I discontinued those tickets after the 2014-2015 season, and I refused to watch a single game in Pauley this season due to blatant nepotism. Bryce Alford is not a starting player, is a career 39% FG shooter and is a complete defensive liability. Despite this, he is second in the Pac 12 in minutes played and is not held accountable for any poor play. We lost Zach LaVine because of nepotism, and who knows how many guards we missed out on in recruitment due to nepotism. The worst thing about this season is that we actually have a talented team, yet these players look lost with no desire to maximize their ability. If Steve Alford returns, I will not even bother to watch a game on TV this upcoming season. And yes, saying “this upcoming season” before March Madness even starts is quite depressing. All of my money will continue to go to UCLA football.

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  37. I live up the Bay Area and went to Cal-UCLA game. The entire arena would chant “Daddy Ball” and “Who’s your daddy?” every time Bryce touched the ball. Please fire Steve Alford if you want my Wooden Athletic Fund donation.

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  38. I have stopped paying attention to UCLA basketball for the first time in my 20 years since attending. Please fix this.

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  39. Do you believe Coach Alford to be a steward of the Ucla brand of basketball synonymous with excellence and achievement developed under Coach Wooden? If not, the course of action is simple and clear.

    Respectfully,
    Dan Hackett
    92′ Alum. 96′ & 00′ Olympian. Water Polo

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  40. Past season ticket holder, waiting until we get a basketball coach who will coach to win. Please don’t hire a coach who has a son who plays high school basketball. And please fire Alford, and I will again support the athletic program.

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  41. Dear Mr. Guerrero,
    I am a die-hard UCLA basketball fan dating back to my days as a UCLA undergraduate (1988-1992) watching Don McClean and Pooh Richardson at Pauley Pavilion. I count watching the 1995 UCLA basketball championship on a tiny TV in my room while studying for a medical school exam as one of the happiest occasions in my life.

    Sadly, the joy and satisfaction has dissipated over the past 3 years under Coach Alford’s leadership. It is painfully obvious to me that the problems affecting UCLA basketball at this time go well beyond recruiting. I see the lack of effort, fundamentals, and team spirit that even someone like myself with a high-school basketball knowledge sees. The players play selfishly without accountability. There is a lack of leadership on the team. The players have not responded to their head coach. Success does not always run in a straight line, but no matter how you look at the moribound UCLA basketball program, all signs point to Coach Alford program in Year 3 going in the wrong direction. The program is like one of my patients in multi-organ system failure on life support without any reasonable chance for meaningful recovery. Keeping the patient alive only prolongs the suffering of the patient and family members. Dan – please pull the plug on Coach Alford now — for the sake of UCLA basketball and its loyal fans.

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  42. Growing up my family had season tickets for the basketball team, so I was quite literally raised with UCLA basketball. I was an undergrad during the Ben Howland Final 4 years and went religiously to support the team. But under the Alford regime, I’ve become completely disinterested because I just cannot stomach watching his teams play sloppy, uninspired ball while the coach features his son to the detriment of better players. I don’t see our program getting back on track until we get a new coach–it’s time for a change.

    -Matthew Ross, Class of 2006

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  43. I fully support the removal of Steve Alford from UCLA. His nepotism is an embarrassment to the program and the school

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  44. Our record this year has been absolutely embarrassing. That Steve Alford should keep his job after this year’s performance is unimaginable.

    Greg Vaughn
    Class of ’95 (last year we won the National Championship), ’98, and ’05

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  45. I agree that even with Steve Lavin as coach I would still watch the games. This year, no way. I can’t believe what this program has become. Fire Alford!

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  46. I used to find such great joy in watching Bruin basketball, but it has become so painful I find myself no longer able to watch. I can’t think of many instances where giving a coach another year leads to success when there has been no improvement in any aspect which could give reasonable confidence of turnaround. If you give the guy another year out of only “fairness” I believe you are kidding yourself as delaying the inevitable is actually not fair to Alford or to our program. Bruin basketball deserves far better…PLEASE act now!

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