UCLA Bruins fire Steve Alford after Saturday loss to Liberty University Flames

from ESPN staff writer Jeff Borzello, at www.espn.com:

UCLA has fired head men’s basketball coach Steve Alford, the school announced Monday/Today.

Alford was in charge of the Bruins for 5½ seasons, leading them to four NCAA tournaments and three Sweet 16 appearances. This season, however, UCLA struggled mightily in non-conference play; the Bruins are 7-6 after losing their past four games.

Things hit rock bottom on Saturday, when UCLA lost at home by 15 points to Liberty University.

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