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UCLA fires Steve Alford as basketball coach after 6 seasons

The Associated Press
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UCLA coach Steve Alford yells out instructions during the second half of the team's NCAA college basketball game against Notre Dame on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

LOS ANGELES — Steve Alford has been fired as UCLA basketball coach after six seasons, with the Bruins mired in a four-game skid that included losses at home to Belmont and Liberty.

Athletic director Dan Guerrero said Monday that assistant Murry Bartow will serve as interim coach through the end of the season.

UCLA is 7-6 and in danger of missing the NCAA Tournament despite a talented roster that includes sophomore Kris Wilkes and freshman Moses Brown.

Alford’s final game was a 73-58 loss to Liberty on Saturday, the worst home defeat in his tenure. Alford called it the most disappointing loss in his 28-year coaching career.

Guerrero says former Bruins player and current Golden State Warriors general manager Bob Myers will assist in the search for a new coach.

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