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Grading College Basketball's First-Year Coaches in 2013-14

Tubby Smith, Steve Alford among those with stellar debuts
Grading College Basketball's First-Year Coaches in 2013-14

When UCLA and Stephen F. Austin met in the Sweet 16, the game represented two of the success stories for first-year coaches.

UCLA coach Steve Alford, whose hire received lukewarm reviews, advanced the Bruins to the second weekend of the NCAA Tournament for the first time in six years. Meanwhile, Stephen F. Austin’s Brad Underwood became one of the top first-year coaches in NCAA history by going 32-3.

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