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I am a student at the University of New Mexico and I was hoping to get some of your takes on Alford for an article I am writing.
Whether you love him (seems to me that very few do in Iowa) or hate him, I just need some opinions on him to help me write this article.
He's an arrogant douche.
Wrestling owns the Olympics
Steve had two major problems, he put winning above doing what was right in the case of Pierre Pierce, and he couldn't win in the NCAA tournament (as you Lobos recently experienced). I attached an article below that will give you the rundown on Pierce.
Most people outside of the B10 think the Iowa fans ran Steve out unfairly. Had this incident happened in today's college sports with all the recent scandals those same people would be screaming for Steve to have been fired.
Steve had a 10% better winning percentage after he hired Craig Neal in 2004, the Lobos may just come out with the better end of the deal.
Too many have forgotten exactly what Alford did in the aftermath of that incident in Iowa City on September 6, 2002. Chicago News, Sports, Weather, Traffic, and the Best of Chicago - CBS 2 TV | WBBM Newsradio 780 | 670 The Score
I would also point you to another thread, which I originally posted the article about the "douchbag" UCLA recently hired away from the Lobos, who, by the way willingly hired him from Iowa despite the still reeking Piere Pierce garbage! I hope you can objectively write about New Mexicos garbage collection. Is Steve Alford is the only coach to lose twice to 14 seeds in the NCAA tournament?
Or is he the unabashed supporter of superstar rapist.
“I totally believe he’s innocent.”
This incident didn't seem to come up at the LOBOS presser when New Mexico hired the "boy wonder"., I wonder if you will have the journalistic integrity to call out the leadership on such an oversight. Or will your focus on his recent statements which the Pierce case seemed to come to light suspiciously, "
"That was an instance that happened years ago,” he said. “I followed everything that the University of Iowa, the administration, the lawyers that were hired … I followed everything that I was told to do.”"
Bull. Nobody at the University of Iowa told Alford to vouch for Pierces innocence. Nobody!
This post was edited by Todd Worly 12 months ago
I always thought Alford had a third major problem. Anytime his teams were upset by a team they should have beaten, easily, Alford found someone on the team to blame for the loss and threw them under the bus with great panache. He never admitted to any part of the lapses that lead to a loss. I seem to remember a press conference where he said, "I can't play the game for them. They have to listen to what I tell them and when they don't, this is what you get." That is a paraphrase from memory. He was bad mouthing a team when Reggie Evans and Luke Recker were leading the team. I always suspected coaching, not talent, was the limiting factor in Iowa Basketball under Alford.
This post was edited by WiscHawk 12 months ago
Agreed on that last point. I think most see this breakup as a blessing in disguise. We love coach Neal.
Did the same thing two weeks ago. Blamed the players saying, "I can't shoot the ball for them." That really rubbed everyone the wrong way.
I will not hesitate to include any and all of this information. I know most Iowa fans warned Lobos fans 6 years ago that this day would come and we all refused to listen. Now that all of Hawkeye nation has been proven right, I want to write something from this angle rather than just a breaking news story.Everything you guys are giving me is great, keep it coming.
coshawk made the point I was going to add. Craig Neal was Alford's secret weapon and it will be interesting to see how he does without him on the staff. Neal is a charismatic effective recruiter. Whether or not he is HC material remains to be seen, but Alford's recruiting will no doubt suffer without him.
Alford is not a bad coach, but he was a bad coach for the University of Iowa. To his credit, he has displayed a knack for developing programs, especially mid-major programs, but on the big stage he stumbles over his own personality. I question if he can deal with the pressure that accompanies the higher profile positions, and, certainly, at UCLA he will be under tremendous pressure. That said, it is possible he has matured somewhat since his time is here, and I'm sure he has learned some lessons.
Interesting story about Alford when he left Iowa (by several accounts is true): as his plane was flying out of Cedar Rapids for the last time, it was struck by lightning. One wonders if that was a metaphorical collective kick in the arse by the Iowa fans to say goodbye.
This post was edited by DieHardHawk 12 months ago
Here's another recent article if you hadn't seen it, ap.
There's little to get excited about as UCLA introduces its new basketball coach.
I was living in Chicago at the time he was at IOWA and listened to a lot of sports radio there. Believe me, Bernsteing wasn't even the loudest critic of him and the consensus was that he was a douchebag.
Life is hard. It's really hard if you're stupid.
IMHO, I feel there is plenty of information on the web about what transpired between Steve and the U of I that you shouldn't need to gather information of a chat line. He has shown his true colors and left your team for UCLA after inking a 10 year extension. Personally I wish we wouldn't talk about him anymore on this website and let him fade into the past. We are in a much better place now with Fran and don't need to keep bringing up the Ghost of Basketball's Past and enjoy the current position we are in.
Good luck with your article and enjoy your new coach.
One other thing to note + everything mentioned above, which I totally agree with:
Alford became our coach after Dr. Tom Davis (the winingest coach in Iowa history + one of the classiest people in college basketball) was unceremoniously pushed out by the then athletic director, Bob Bowlsby. Most loyal and long-term Iowa fans never forgave Bowlsby for the way he had handled Dr. Tom's case, but were willing to accept Alford if he could take Iowa to the next level. In 13 years, Dr. Tom had taken Iowa to nine ncaa postseason tourneys, and one NIT, those appearances culminating in one elite 8 and two sweet 16's appearances + never losing in the first round of the tourney + making it to the 3rd round of NIT. In 9 years, Alford had three ncaa appearances, and 3 NIT's. We only made it passed the first round of the tourney once (to the second round), and never made it passed the second round in NIT.
I agree with everyone else. You guys will be better off with Neal, I hope.
Don't know how he was at New Mexico, but he hated doing the booster circuit. I'm sure all coaches do. However, he showed his disdain outwardly. He got up, gave his talk, and then left, often without taking questions on numerous occasions.
Iowans were probably more apt to forgive a coach they like (see coach Davis and recently Ferentz in football), but Steve never got the fans appreciation. I guess that's what happens when you come across as arrogant, shifty, and don't have the moxie to back up the talk. He seemed impatient and uncomfortable when dealing with the fans and press. I just don't think he is cut out to be a coach, honestly.
Worst of all -- he never takes blame for anything, as you know. I guess that is another 'trait' instilled in him by the great Coach Knight.
Perk: Thanks for the link pretty much sums up what everyone was saying about his personality. On a side note there is site that sells Jimmy Chitwood jerseys just google basketball movie jerseys. Its a pretty overpriced if you ask me though. You can even buy the little gold shorts.
I would look fabulous in those little gold shorts.
I actually plan on getting info from some of you, if i end up quoting anyone in the story. I know the circumstances, i just wanted some actual quotes and thoughts from Hawkeye fans. It's interesting to hear first hand accounts on Alford from a fan base that dislikes the guy as opposed to the favorable views of everyone here in Albuquerque, before the break up obviously... He was a god here until after that Harvard game. I'll post the story when I'm done but after that, i promise, no more Alford posts, swankdc ;)
I posted this in another thread a long time ago.
Long story short:
My friend was in a carpet store in Coralville, iowa with his family. Alford and his wife were in shopping. My friend's little kid got excited and asked coach Alford for an autograph. The reaction by Steve and his wife were to snap at and scold the kid and make her cry.
Well jees, the kid should understand not to interrupt Steve and his wife when they are asking for their privilege discount. &&&
I know Pat Harty rubs some Hawk fans the wrong way, but I hadn't seen this story posted in the thread...
That's quite the pipe bomb.
Wowzers. Don't know why people would report this kind of stuff to the athletic dept.
I think you mean wouldn't report this? If you did it's pretty clear the victim didn't want it out there. You have to respect that.
No, I mean why would you report it to people who have a vested interest in keeping it quiet. This has happened at least 2 times at Iowa and the third time, it was questionable about their role, that included mediating to keep a player on scholarship.
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