Q:In your opinion, is any of the hyped up hysteria on certain Bruin blog sites about Steve Alford's lucrative contract and his projected ability to succeed - three months before official practice even starts - justified, or do some bloggers simply have nothing better to do?
The buyout terms were stupid. Alford wasn't a big-name hire, and there was no reason for UCLA to lock itself in what is essentially a guaranteed $18.2 million contract. That said, it's not disastrous. The $10.4 million buyout isn't owed unless Alford is fired before April 30, 2016; almost any new coach would have deserved at least a three-year leash.
However, UCLA still has to keep Alford for at least five seasons unless it wants to pay him $5.2 million not to coach. It's obviously moot if he does well, but it was nevertheless an unnecessary commitment.
In the mind of Morgan Center lackies though the fault lies with all those meanspirited bloggers. Freaks.