Steve Alford after history at UCLA

Many have tried. Alford is latest to try to resurrect a past built by John Wooden

Updated: October 29, 2013, 11:09 AM ET
By Dana O'Neil

LOS ANGELES -- Down on the Pauley Pavilion court, the man most recently hired in UCLA's perpetual effort to replace "the man" is chatting with local reporters.

Steve Alford has intentionally chosen the date, Oct. 14, for media day and intends to keep it that way every year so long as he is head coach. Oct. 14 is John Wooden's birthday. He would have been 103 this year.

Not far from where Alford stands, a year-old statue of the Wizard of Westwood stands outside the Pauley doors. Arms ...

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