UCLA extends basketball coach Steve Alford through 2020-21

After guiding UCLA to its first Sweet 16 appearance since 2008, Steve Alford has signed a one-year extension to his already very lucrative contract.

The Bruins announced today that Alford signed a new agreement keeping as the head coach of the men’s basketball team through the 2020-21 season, adding an extra bit of security to his original seven-year, $18.2 million contract. That contract included an unusually large $10.4 million buyout if he quit the job before April 30, 2016; if UCLA fired him before that date, it would in turn pay him that amount.

The original contract also stipulated that he and athletic director Dan Guerrero would meet each April to discuss the “option to extend the employment agreement, in writing, an additional year.”

In 2013, Alford was the highest-paid state employee in California. He made $2.6 million in base pay, as well as another $65,000 in performance bonuses.

He enters his second season at UCLA without the core of that Sweet 16 squad, having lost Kyle Anderson, Jordan Adams and Zach LaVine to the NBA draft. The trio combined to average 41.2 points per game last season.

The Bruins add a talented five-star freshman in forward Kevon Looney, as well as former five-star guard Isaac Hamilton — ineligible last season because he broke a letter of intent he signed with UTEP. Four-star center Thomas Welsh and three-star forward Gyorgy Goloman also join the team.

However, UCLA lost two other players expected to contribute immediately. NCAA ruled four-star forward Jonah Bolden a partial qualifier last month, making him ineligible for the 2014-15 season. Would-be graduate transfer guard Jon Octeus, who averaged 13.4 points at Colorado State, was denied admission.

  • Reformed Droog

    Queue the madness in 3…2…1…

  • VB

    The Sweet Sixteen was nice, but I’m not sure he has quite earned an extension yet.

  • ProbationU

    Stupid beyond belief to extend this guy. He hasn’t done anything at this point.

  • MPPBruin

    Why on earth would extend him at this point?

  • commentar

    Good thing we locked him up because of, you know,…nothing.

  • MrVester

    f#@k me . . . .

  • Chey Tor

    I was thrilled that he won us the conference championship and made it to the Sweet Sixteen. But our future isn’t exactly bright as we barely have enough players to field a team for next season. And now we’re on the hook for another year on the contract? If Alford doesn’t work out, DG may lose his job despite the Mora hire. Too early to give Alford any kind of extension.

  • Cliff Sakata

    Disaster.