Monday, November 01, 1999

Knight snubs Alford

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        ROSEMONT, Ill. — Bob Knight and Steve Alford were seated at adjacent tables, not even 10 feet from each other, during Sunday's Big Ten basketball media day. They could not have been farther removed.

        Alford, the new coach at Iowa, talked expansively about the prospect of facing his old coach when the Hawkeyes visit Bloomington for a Big Ten game Jan.18 at Assembly Hall.

        Knight chose to talk about this subject as little as possible.

        “I have no interest in talking about Iowa, Michigan State, Ohio State, anybody. You've got a question about Indiana, ask it,” Knight said, picking up a placard that spelled out “Indiana” in red letters. “You get a good look at this? See what it says? That's what the hell we're here for. The only other subject I'd be glad to talk about is fishing. They're the only two things I really know a hell of a lot about.”

        Alford, an All-American guard who led the Hoosiers to Knight's last national championship in 1987, became head coach at Iowa after leading Southwest Missouri State to two NCAA Tournament wins last March.

        Knight did not call to congratulate Alford, though. The two have not spoken since the summer of 1998.

        “That's fine,” Alford said. “I'm at Iowa. We're going to suit it up and we're going to play. I've always been appreciative of what he's been able to do for my career. I don't lose any sleep at night.”

        Knight explained it is nothing new for him to face a former player or assistant coach.

        As for Alford, “That's just one more guy,” Knight said.


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