There's a banner flying around with a message about UCLA's Steve Alford

Even UCLA coach Steve Alford knows this wasn't a good season in Westwood.

Now it appears that someone has arranged for banner reading "UCLA deserves better, fire Alford!" to be flown around, I guess in hopes of sending a message to the university. 

Now I've got a message for whoever put together the money for the banner: it ain't happening. For a deeper dive on why I'd encourage you to read Sam Vecenie's plugged-in take on the topic

Yes, fans have reason to be mad about season in which USC swept UCLA in a season for the first time since 1942. Fans also are likely mad that a team that beat Kentucky, Gonzaga and Arizona ended up 15-17 and out of the tournament after three straight Sweet 16 appearances. 

But that's the thing, Alford not only has a pretty good postseason record with UCLA but also one of the best recruiting classes in the nation coming in next season. It's so good it features two five-star recruits in Lorenzo Ball and T.J. Leaf. There's no way UCLA would take the financial risks necessary to make a coaching change that would also risk losing one of the top recruiting classes in the country.

UCLA fans paid to have a fire Steve Alford banner flown around. (Twitter)
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Chip Patterson has spent his young career covering college sports from the Old North State. He's been writing and talking about football and basketball for CBS Sports since 2010. You may have heard him... Full Bio

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