Yahoo! Sports' Pat Forde is handing out grades for the eight "major" coaching changes this offseason.
This could work for a couple of reasons: Alford has been a big deal since he was a teenager and has the ego to feel comfortable in a huge job; and he's a consistent winner. But it also could blow up: UCLA wants to win national titles, and Alford has been an NCAA tourney underachiever – he hasn't been to a Sweet 16 since 1999. His style of play has been about as plodding as Howland's. And Alford already has taken a justified beating for his offensive handling and revisionist history of the Pierre Pierce debacle at Iowa – how will he handle controversy here? UCLA wasn't able to land one of the rising stars in the college game, and there is reason to wonder whether Alford is a suitable substitute. Grade: C-plus.
A C+, by the way, is the lowest grade Forde gave to any of the schools. That includes the Trogans. This isn't a guarantee of failure for Alford by any means, but it is an unmistakable indictment on the man that brought him in. The same man that was just reupped by Recessive Gene. The same man that was just shown up by a 50 dollar ad after complaining that it was too difficult/expensive to market UCLA athletics.