Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Will UCLA Haste Come back to Bite?

The fact that Steve Alford has been named Head Coach at UCLA is old news now but it is interesting how the school handled Gregg Marshall in the whole hiring process.

UCLA tried to reach out to Marshall while his Wichita State team was in Los Angeles in the regional. But Marshall did the right thing and declined citing that he had this little thing such as coaching his team to a possible Final Four at hand. Whether that insulted the folks in Westwood or their impatience or panic grew, the Bruins moved on to Steve Alford without speaking with Marshall.

                                            Gregg Marshall

This simply does not sound like one of the 6 or 7 best programs in College Basketball. And this on the heels of being turned down by Shaka Smart and apparently Brad Stevens as well. What is going on in the house that the Wizard used to roam?

Gregg Marshall can flat out get it done. Just ask those at Winthrop where he took that school to several NCAA Tournament appearances before leaving to build something very solid in Wichita. Now the Shockers are in the Final Four and UCLA has a coach who has struggled to get his teams out of the early rounds of the tournament. No disrespect is meant towards Alford who is a winner and may do a fine job at UCLA, but his hiring smells of settling, something a program of their calibre shouldn't have to do. History will show us if it was the right move.

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