Fans, players disappointed as New Mexico loses basketball coach Steve Alford to UCLA

From disbelief to disappointment, the emotions are all over the map as New Mexico basketball fans try to digest the fact that coach Steve Alford has been hired away by UCLA.

Alford told his team about the move Saturday morning and explained to reporters a few hours later that it was a tough decision. The move was a shock to Lobos fans because Alford had just signed a new 10-year contract that could have been worth up to $2 million a year.

The Lobos have won back-to-back conference championships and have made three NCAA tournament appearances.

Former Lobo Club president Scott Creagan says everyone is upset because Alford did such a wonderful job.