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Alford tells UNM he doesn’t plan on paying $1 million

UCLA men's basketball coach Steve Alford speaks during a news conference at Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles on Tuesday, April 2, 2013. Alford was hired as UCLA basketball coach on Saturday, spurning New Mexico days after he agreed to a new 10-year deal with the Lobos. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
UCLA men's basketball coach Steve Alford speaks during a news conference at Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles on Tuesday, April 2, 2013. Alford was hired as UCLA basketball coach on Saturday, spurning New Mexico days after he agreed to a new 10-year deal with the Lobos. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
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The $1 million question surrounding the buyout of former Lobos basketball coach Steve Alford is still unanswered.

Monday afternoon Alford, for the first time, formally contacted the University of New Mexico on the matter stating “he offered to comply with the terms of his previous contract” and its $150,000 buyout and that “he believes his last day was March 30,” according to an email obtained by the Journal written by Associate University Counsel Kimberly N. Bell.

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