Former UCLA football player and current Atlanta Falcon, Takkarist McKinley, tweeted out his displeasure with UCLA basketball head coach Steve Alford and calls for him to be fired.
It seems that UCLA basketball fans are not the only ones that are unhappy with head coach Steve Alford. Yesterday, former UCLA football player Takkarist McKinley sent out a tweet calling for the termination of Alford.
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McKinley was a standout defensive end with the Bruins from 2014-2016 who last year was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons. McKinley was a huge supporter of former UCLA football coach Jim Mora, who helped him get to the NFL.
Back in November, Mora was fired after six seasons, with the final two ending with an underwhelming 4-8 and 6-7 record (Mora was relieved of his duties before the final two games of the season). With the UCLA athletic department acting so hastily, McKinley appears to want the administration to do the same to relieve Alford of his duties as well.
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With the direction of UCLA football in doubt, UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero decided change was needed and terminated Mora.
UCLA then quickly turned around and hired offensive guru Chip Kelly to take over.
UCLA has been able to bring in top 10 recruiting classes, but the argument is that Alford can do nothing with them. The 2017-18 team was arguably Alford’s best, though he was unable to win any hardware and was bounced form the NCAA Tournament in the Sweet Sixteen after a bad performance against Kentucky.
UCLA fans expect greatness after setting the standard for elite college basketball, but have been unable to return to that pinnacle under Alford.
With the expectations put on UCLA and the athletic department, McKinley has a valid argument.
Unfortunately, as of now, it seems that Alford will be retained.