Shaq gives Steve Alford a BIG surprise

It's a big day for UCLA's Steve Alford. Not only was he officially introduced as the head men's basketball coach at a press conference early Tuesday, he also had a surprise visit from Shaquille O'Neal, who is in town for his jersey retirement ceremony at Staples Center tonight. Alford told Pac-12 Networks' Ashley Adamson that he appreciated theĀ gesture from the big man. The encounter was caught on camera here and here.

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