Former UCLA assistant coach David Grace disclosed the explanation he received after being fired by Steve Alford last week.
Grace spoke with both Alford and athletic director Dan Guerrero. After both discussions, he noticed a discrepancy in their stories.
“[Steve Alford] said that Dan [Guerrero] wanted to make the change and the next day I talked to Dan and Dan said he never told him to make a coaching change, so I don’t know where that came from,” Grace said, per the Los Angeles Times’ Ben Bolch.
Somebody in this situation is being duplicitous. Grace, or anyone who is fired, deserves a truthful reasoning behind the decision instead of a dose of fake news.
Grace was a valuable coach during his tenure with the Bruins. He is known as a good recruiter and was instrumental in bringing in top talent to Westwood.
The coach’s dismal caught him by surprise and only raises more questions about the stability of Alford’s job.
“This was a tremendous shock, the fact that the job I was given to be as the recruiting recruiting coordinator, four of the five years we had top-five recruiting classes, Grace said. “That didn’t always happen there and it’s definitely a shame.”
Grace’s firing could be a panic move by Alford.
UCLA has brought in top talent over the last few years. Unfortunately, that hasn’t always translated to success for the Bruins. Grace’s exit might be a sign of what’s to for UCLA’s basketball program. Alford’s seat is getting hotter by the day. Next season could be his last chance.