Former UCLA standout Takk McKinley calls for Steve Alford’s job after tourney loss

UCLA snuck into the NCAA Tournament (controversially), and was quickly ushered out as if they didn’t belong there in the first place.

In fact, that’s what it looked like on Tuesday night. Just ask former UCLA football star Takk McKinley.

McKinley is referring to UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero, who fired Jim Mora and had to pay a $12 million buyout to the coach as a result in December. Alford is the coach of a basketball program that just lost in what was essentially embarrassing fashion on Tuesday, falling to St. Bonaventure, a program that hadn’t won an NCAA Tournament game in 48 years, in a First Four game.

Calling for Alford’s job isn’t all that surprising, considering the disappointing season that was 2017-18. But this was also after losing key contributors to the NBA Draft, including Lonzo Ball and T.J. Leaf, and two prized recruits in Cody Riley and LiAngelo Ball, who were suspended for the entire season after getting caught shoplifting during the team’s trip to China.

Odds were stacked against Alford and the Bruins after the aforementioned turn of events. Here’s some context on Alford’s performance through five seasons:

And the hammer:

Still, even if UCLA fans want to see Alford go, there’s this:

Per SB Nation UCLA site Bruins Nation’s Joe Piechowski, Alford’s buyout if fired before April 30 is $6.2 million. That number drops to $3.6 million after April 30.

Simply, it doesn’t seem as if Alford is going anywhere during this calendar year. No school wants to stomach more than $18 million in buyouts in one year. Apologies, Takk.

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