UCLA paid Ben Howland $3.5 million to go away so that it could hire Steve Alford? Yes, that's exactly what UCLA just did.
Steve Alford has only gone to one Sweet 16 in nearly 20 years. But he has never had a job like UCLA, where there's talent everywhere he'll turn. The former New Mexico coach needs players -- and he already has a pair of huge fans in two guys with major influence in the state.
With Steve Alford taking over as the head coach, he needs to make a concerted effort to keep the elite California players at home.
A hiring at a top-10 school/job like UCLA will spur a lot of immediate reaction and opinion. I wanted to give you a glimpse of what a lot of people are saying about the hire. It is somewhat split.
New Mexico's Steve Alford is headed to replace Ben Howland at UCLA. Sources told CBSSports that Alford has agreed to a seven-year deal worth $2.6 million per year with the Bruins.

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