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UCLA Men’s Basketball: Steve Alford Fires Top Recruiter David Grace

According to reports, Grace will be replaced by Murry Bartow.

David Grace has been fired by UCLA coach Steve Alford

The debacle that is UCLA Basketball continues as reports have surfaced that UCLA Assistant Coach David Grace is out at UCLA.

According to Bruin Report Online, Grace was fired and basically brings to a head the long reported struggles that Grace and Alford have had.

Ben Bolch of the LA Times, who has been critical of Steve Alford throughout the season, has jumped on this story and psoted a series of tweets on it. He is reporting that Grace was notified shortly before the Final Four that he would not be retained.

Then, to make matters worse, Steve Alford, apparently, told Grace that Dan Guerrero wanted him replaced, but Grace asked Guerrero about it and supposedly denied it.

Wait...what? So, first, Alford tells Grace he’s not being retained before the Final Four, but, as of Wednesday, no coaches were leaving? That makes Alford a bold-faced liar.

Meanwhile, Jeff Goodman of ESPN, who broke the story first, is reporting that Grace will be replaced by Murry Bartow, son of former UCLA coach Gene Bartow.

It is common knowledge that David Grace is an elite recruiter with deep ties to the Compton Magic AAU team. David Grace is a prime reason that the UCLA Bruins are bringing in the No. 2 ranked class, according to ESPN.

Grace has been in the Pac-12 for 10 years of coaching where he is one of the longest-tenured coaches. Grace has been coaching with the UCLA Bruins since 2013 after previously serving an assistant coach for the Oregon State Beavers.

As Goodman’s tweet shares, Grace is expected to be replaced by Murry Bartow, son of Gene Bartow, the UCLA coach that replaced college basketball coaching legend, John Wooden.

Murry Bartow has had head coaching stops at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, East Tennessee State University, and most recently an interim coach in 2017 at the
University of South Florida.

In Bartow’s 19 years of NCAA coaching experience, he has led teams to the NCAA Tournament a grand total of four times. So, Alford appears to be bringing in someone that makes his NCAA tournament record look phenomenal.

This is definitely a blow to the UCLA Bruins. To lose Grace and his ability to recruit will not be able to be replaced easily.

Go Bruins. Fire Alford!!!