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Former UCLA Coach Steve Alford Officially Lands New Job

Steve Alford speaks at a press conference while at UCLA.

LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 29: Head coach Steve Alford of the UCLA Bruins speaks with the media during a press conference after being defeated by the Liberty Flames 73-58 at Pauley Pavilion on December 29, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images)

After four months of unemployment and being rumored for several openings, Steve Alford officially has a new job.

He was fired by UCLA in late December, but finally landed at a new school. Nevada announced the former Bruins head coach is the 19th head coach in Nevada history.

Alford had reportedly been linked to Arkansas last week, but the Razorbacks wound up hiring Nevada's Eric Musselman. Now, Alford will replace Musselman in Reno.

After landing the Nevada gig, this will be his fifth team at the Division I level. He previously worked at UCLA, Iowa, New Mexico and Southwest Missouri State.

Here's the announcement from Nevada.

Alford released a statement about the move.

"To be able to continue my career in a tight-knit community that has demonstrated its support for the basketball program is exactly the opportunity that Tanya and I were looking for, and we are thrilled to be in Northern Nevada. I can't wait to get to work as we look to build off the established tradition and momentum of this great program. I want this to be the last stop of my coaching career."

For his career, Alford has coached in 11 NCAA Tournaments, reaching the Sweet 16 four times. He's also taken his teams to seven NIT appearances.

Alford, who won the national title as a player at Indiana in 1987, owns an overall record of 587-298 as a head coach.