Bumped. - BN Eds.
The season has proven Alford to be what we knew at the outset -- a man with serious character issues who was, at best, a mediocre coach.
There were those who demanded that we give him a "chance", that we would be singing a different tune when he brought us a Pac 12 title and took us deep into the tournament.
Our response was simple: No number of victories would wash him clean of the character issues. Hanging a banner would not do that. For all of the right reasons, he was the wrong hire and does not belong in the program that Coach built.
The ball does not lie.
TRA did not bring us a Pac 12 championship. And, he failed to do so with some kids whose talents are both obvious and greater than those on the teams against whom they lost. He lost games we should not have lost. And, in ways that need not have happened.
The ball does not lie. It bounced away from our success for good reason. We did not deserve it.
He has failed to teach at a level demanded at our university. Which of our players has shown sustained growth over the season? He has failed to prepare and plan at a level demanded at our university. Game plans, adjustments -- do either reflect research into the strengths and weaknesses of our opponents? In his "nepotism", he has failed to live up to the standards of integrity demanded by our university. Do you really believe a professor on campus would be able to grade a C level son with A's? And, he has insulted our student/athletes by throwing them under the bus as a way of explaining his own failures.
The ball does not lie. Our season bounced away because the man in charge did not deserve the position or earn success.
There are still those out there who say we are being harsh, and premature in our judgments -- that we might well win the Pac 12 tournament and then go forth to hang a banner. For them, I have one answer.
The ball won't lie.