Saw this article which starts the day off with disgust. Sadly, the fact that Mr. Alford bolted after signing a 10 yr. contract to be a Ford 150 then getting an offer to the Donut & Chianti buffet he feels comfortable shafting his 'beloved' former team & University. Does anyone else think this reeks of classless, dubious, and general poor professionalism?
New Mexico officials think UCLA Coach Steve Alford is one in a million. Alford, on the other hand, feels he is worth only $200,000.
Alford has told New Mexico officials he will not pay the $1-million buyout they were demanding, theAlbuquerque Journal reported Tuesday. He said he owes the school only $200,000.
Alford agreed this year to a 10-year contract extension with New Mexico, then bolted to be UCLA's coach two days before the contract extension kicked in. The new contract included a $1-million buyout provision, which New Mexico officials believe is in effect even though the contract hadn't kicked in.
New Mexico officials contend that both contracts required a 30-day notice for termination, which would take Alford into the new contract.
At the time of hiring, Alford said, “I know it’s not April 1. The agreement I signed starts April 1. I’m not a lawyer. I’m an Indiana graduate who likes basketball. The lawyers will get together and figure that out.”