After his firing from UCLA in December 2018, Steve Alford mostly disappeared from basketball. But with the college basketball coaching carousel out in full force, the former Bruins boss is quickly garnering attention.
According to CBS basketball reporter Seth Davis, Alford has emerged as a top candidate for the Nevada Wolf Pack. Jon Rothstein soon reported that Nevada has informed other candidates that they are negotiating with another candidate, effectively declaring that Alford has the job.
Alford was fired by UCLA after a 7-6 start to the team’s 2018-19 season. The team wound up finishing with a 17-16 record, missing the NCAA Tournament for the second time in four years.
The Nevada job was vacated several days ago when Eric Musselman was hired by Arkansas. Under Musselman, Nevada won three straight Mountain West regular season tournaments, and made three straight trips to the NCAA Tournament.
UPDATE: Nevada has informed other potential candidates that its negotiating a contract with another candidate, per multiple sources. Barring something unforeseen, Steve Alford is headed back to the Mountain West. https://t.co/EUQ6VoVojo
— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) April 10, 2019
Alford has been a college basketball head coach since his late-20s and has taken each of his four Division I schools to the NCAA Tournament.
After leading Southwest Missouri State to the tournament in 1999, Alford was hired by Iowa, where he soon the Hawkeyes to a Big Ten conference title in his second year.
Alford resigned from Iowa in 2007 and joined New Mexico, where he led the Lobos to four conference titles and three NCAA Tournament appearances in six years at the helm.
In 2013, Alford was hired by UCLA and proceeded to win the Pac-12 Tournament title in his first year. He would lead the Bruins to the Sweet 16 three times in his first four years there.