Posted at: 03/30/2013 10:47 PM
By: Nikki Ibarra, KOB Eyewitness News 4
Social media played a huge role in how Lobos fans and players found out about Steve Alford’s departure.
In fact, UCLA Athletics used their Twitter page to make the announcement.
Once that was posted, KOB’s Twitter and Facebook were flooded with comments, both good and bad.
KOB Eyewitness News 4 spoke to fans who said as soon as they heard the news about Alford, they immediately went on their computers or phones to see if it was true.
Robby Spradlin woke up to what he thought was an early April Fool’s joke.
“First I had to read it and then I had to get on like, I had to do my homework and make sure he wasn’t just like pranking me or anything. I wasn’t sure if it was true or not,” said Spradlin.
He soon found out it was true. Alford will no longer be a Lobo but a Bruin.
“I just saw a bunch of things on Twitter that were like mad at Steve Alford and I was like, what’s going on, so I figured it out. It sucks. It’s terrible,” said Jordan Laiche.
But Lobos fans aren’t the only ones reacting.
We checked UCLA’s Facebook page and the news of Alford coming to Westwood is getting mixed reviews.
One post read, “Not a good move.”
Another read, “Well we will see what happens. We, of course, wish him all the best!!!”
“He’s a hero in Albuquerque. Now he’s pretty much betraying us right after he said he loved Albuquerque and he was going to stay for 10 more years,” added Laiche.
Although Spradlin wishes this was a joke, he supports the coach’s decision.
“Good for him. He’s going to UCLA. Like, with or without him, our team is still the same so I mean we’re still going to have a good team,” said Spradlin.
UCLA will officially announce Alford as head coach of the men’s basketball team on Tuesday.