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Losses are starting to hit Steve Alford and UCLA's basketball team even before the season starts

Losses are starting to hit Steve Alford and UCLA's basketball team even before the season starts
Published On: Wed, Oct 10
Feb 18, 2015; Tempe, AZ, USA; UCLA Bruins head coach Steve Alford (center) in the huddle with teammates against the Arizona State Sun Devils at Wells-Fargo Arena. The Sun Devils defeated the Bruins 68-66. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Steve Alford provided some lighter fare to accompany the sirloin steak with Jack Daniel's peppercorn sauce and berry crisp with vanilla ice cream that was served Tuesday at the annual Southern California Basketball Coaches Tip-Off Luncheon.

The UCLA coach ribbed predecessor Jim Harrick for his return to coaching at age 80, as an assistant under Mark Gottfried at Cal State Northridge, when Harrick could be spending his days on the golf course.

Alford thanked Gottfried for mentioning that the Bruins had won only one national championship in almost 50 years, keeping fans from grousing about the lack of another banner since Alford's arrival.

The levity ceased over the final minutes of Alford's remarks inside the Los Angeles Athletic Club when the subject turned to his current players.

"We're going through a tough deal over the last 10 days," Alford said.

It had been less than 24 hours since Alford learned that a second freshman would be sidelined for the season after point guard Tyger Campbell suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee near the end of practice Sunday.

Power forward Shareef O'Neal recently was diagnosed with an electrical problem in his heart that will require surgery and keep him out until the 2019-20 season.

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