Former New Mexico Lobos basketball coach Steve Alford on Tuesday was formally introduced in Los Angeles as the new head coach of the UCLA Bruins.
The press conference, which was streamed live via Pac12.com, was 30 minutes long, included an introduction from UCLA Athletics Director Dan Guerrero, an intro from Alford and was limited to only about seven questions before Alford and members of the L.A. media went off camera for one-on-one interviews.
It didn’t take long for the tone to be set with what Alford is facing with the L.A. media, however.
The second question of the press conference was from Scott Reid of the Orange County Register about Alford’s handling of the Pierre Pierce sexual assault case while coaching at Iowa (click here for recent scathing take on the matter from CBS Chicago’s Dan Bernstein):
“You’ve talked a lot about coach (John) Wooden and how he’s shaped you and (how you try to follow) his values. Do you think he would have handled the Pierre Pierce case the way you did. And in 2003 you gave an interview in which you said the whole Pierce episode made Pierre stronger. Do you think the whole episode made the victim stronger?”
“Well, that was an instance that happened years ago at the University of Iowa and all I can tell you with that situation is I followed everything that the University of Iowa administration and the lawyers that were hired, I did everything I was supposed to do at the University of Iowa in that situation. I followed everything that I was told to do.”
So, that happened. Welcome to Westwood, Steve.
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