UCLA coach Steve Alford speaks to the media in 2016. (David Crane/Staff)
UCLA men’s basketball coach Steve Alford said Saturday no one within the program has been contacted by FBI officials regarding the ongoing corruption investigation that has rocked college basketball.
Four Division I assistant coaches, including one at USC and one at Arizona, were among 10 individuals charged last month in U.S. District Court in New York as a result of the three-year federal investigation. Representatives from Adidas, UCLA’s former apparel provider, were among those charged for allegedly paying families of high-profile recruits to play for Adidas-affiliated schools.
Alford, speaking at UCLA and Under Armour’s joint showcase at Venice Beach, said the first thing he did when news of the investigation broke was meet with his staff and thank them.
“I thanked them because I sleep well at night,” Alford said. “They know exactly how I want things ran. It doesn’t always work out that way. That doesn’t mean everybody’s perfect, everybody’s going to do the right thing all the time, but the three guys that are on the road for me, I hired them for a reason, of who they are and how they go about things and they know how I want things done and they do that for me and I very much appreciate it and that’s why I sleep well at night.”
UCLA Athletics officially ended its long-time partnership with Adidas this year as its 15-year, $280-million deal with Under Armour kicked in July 1. The men’s and women’s basketball teams debuted their new blue away jerseys during Saturday’s event that featured a skills competition, a 3-point contest and a dunk contest on a custom hardwood court built on the beach boardwalk.
UCLA head coach Steve Alford signed a one-year contract extension that will tie him to the schooll through the 2020-21 season. (Mark J. Terrill/The Associated Press)
It took a dismal 15-17 season for Steve Alford to give his one-year contract extension back and a third trip to the Sweet 16 for the UCLA men’s basketball head coach to earn it back.
UCLA announced that it signed a one-year extension with Alford on Friday, linking the fifth-year head coach to the school through the 2020-21 season.
Alford led the Bruins to a 31-5 overall record last year and his third Sweet 16 run in four years in Westwood.
“Steve did an outstanding job, helping to produce one of the nation’s most exciting offensive teams in recent memory,” athletic director Dan Guerrero said in a statement. “There was a significant buzz about UCLA basketball around town and among the sellout crowds in Pauley Pavilion. As such, he certainly earned back the one-year extension that he had voluntarily returned prior to the season. We are looking forward to seeing what 2017-18 brings.”
UCLA hasn’t advanced to the Elite Eight since 2008 and Alford has yet to capture a regular-season conference title entering his fifth season after a Pac-12 tournament championship in 2014, his first year.
More on Alford’s extension
All 31 of UCLA’s regular season games will be televised live for the 2017-18 season. Games times are Pacific unless otherwise noted.
All 31 of UCLA’s regular-season games will be televised live this season, including at least 12 on the ESPN family of networks, four on Fox Sports 1 and three on CBS.
UCLA’s season opener against Georgia Tech in Shanghai on Nov. 10 will be on ESPN at 8 p.m. PT. ESPN will also carry UCLA’s marquee conference matchups at Arizona on Feb. 8 and at Oregon on Jan. 20. Both of UCLA’s rivalry games against USC will be on the ESPN family of networks, with Feb. 3’s game at Pauley Pavilion on either ESPN or ESPN2 and March 3’s game at Galen Center on ESPN.
UCLA has three nonconference games scheduled for a CBS broadcast in December: Dec. 9 at Michigan, Dec. 16 against Cincinnati and Dec. 23 against Kentucky in New Orleans.
Sierra Canyon’s Marvin Bagley III committed to Duke on Monday. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)
After a delayed announcement on SportsCenter, Marvin Bagley III said he will reclassify to the 2017 class and play at Duke on Monday. The Sierra Canyon star who was the No. 1 recruit in the 2018 class had whittled his choices down to the Blue Devils, UCLA and USC.
More on Bagley’s commitment.
Under Armour rolled out its home jerseys for the UCLA men’s and women’s basketball teams Friday.
Both feature the arched block UCLA logo in powderkeg blue across the chest, a patch honoring John Woden’s Pyramid of Success on the upper chest, and Under Armour’s newly designed “Champions Made Here” logo on the bottom hem. The men’s uniform is updated with a powderkeg blue and gold UCLA stripe trim on the jersey as well as on the waistband and down the leg of the shorts. The women’s uniform has the UCLA stripe on the waistband of the shorts and the script UCLA logo on the side, but no trimming on the jersey.
Here’s the promo video UCLA released, but I captured the only actual shot of the uniforms above: