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Pressure is on for Alford

New UCLA coach knows he has a lot to prove to Bruins faithful

Updated: May 15, 2013, 3:12 PM ET
By Peter Yoon | ESPNLA.com

LOS ANGELES -- Steve Alford arrived as the new coach of UCLA basketball with baggage in tow.

While preparing to hire a staff and beginning to install a new system, Alford faced questions about his handling of a 2002 sexual assault case involving former University of Iowa guard, Pierre Pierce. He issued an apology through the UCLA athletic department in April, but questions about his defense of Pierce have lingered.

Alford also had to address the concerns of Bruins supporters who were ...

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