Former UCLA player roasts ex-coach Steve Alford after Nevada's early NCAA tournament exit


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Steve Alford has coached the Nevada men’s college basketball team the last five seasons. 

On Thursday, the Wolf Pack faced the Dayton Flyers in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament. 

Nevada held a considerable lead with just over seven minutes remaining in the fourth, but a late-game collapse cost the Wolf Pack the game.

Dayton went on a 24-4 run to close out the game. The 63-60 victory earned the Flyers a spot in the second round, where they will take on the second-seeded Arizona Wildcats Saturday.

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Steve Alford of the Nevada Wolf Pack against the Arizona State Sun Devils during the first half of a First Four game of the NCAA Tournament at University of Dayton Arena March 15, 2023, in Dayton, Ohio. (Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

The disappointing ending to Thursday’s game caught the attention of one of Alford’s former players, Tony Parker. The former forward played under Alford during the coach’s six-year run with the UCLA Bruins.

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Parker took to X, formerly Twitter, to express his displeasure with Alford’s coaching. He also took some personal jabs at Alford.

“Steve Alford been one of the worst coaches in college basketball history,” Parker wrote, “he sucks and he [has had the] lame same haircut for 40 years hairspray gotta be cookin his brain.”

Alford coached Parker for three years, and Parker solidified himself as a key starter during his final two seasons with the Bruins. 

Steve Alford reacts during a game

Head coach Steve Alford of the Nevada Wolf Pack reacts during the second half against the Dayton Flyers in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at Delta Center March 21, 2024, in Salt Lake City. (Chris Gardner/Getty Images)

Parker appeared to take issue with Alford during their time together in Los Angeles. UCLA parted ways with Alford during the 2018-19 season. He finished his UCLA tenure with a 124–63 record.

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Nevada did not qualify for the NCAA tournament during Alford’s first two seasons and lost in the First Four last season.

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