UCLA is quite the storied college basketball program, but it has seen better days. The Bruins were 15-17 this college basketball season, leaving some disgusted fans to take to the skies to voice their anger directed at head coach Steve Alford. Nothing sends a message loud and clear like a well-played airplane banner calling for a firing.
Alford took over the program in 2013, replacing the fired Ben Howland. Keep in mind Howland was fired after guiding the Bruins to a regular season Pac-12 championship and a top 25 ranking. That was too little too late for a coach that had largely struggled to return UCLA to any national prominence. UCLA fans hold the bar high for their program, and rightfully so.
UCLA will not be in the NCAA tournament this season and has been bounced from the tournament in the regional semifinal each of the past two seasons. It is starting to become a faded memory of the time UCLA played in three straight Final Fours and played for a national championship between 2006 and 2008, and this is just another example of how much pressure there is t succeed in college sports at power conference programs.