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Steve Alford

Alford’s works are typically abstract, emphasizing the conceptual rather than the tangible. He is especially concerned with the tension between human emotion and object characteristics that are true or not true of objects.

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This article is about the basketball person. For the American politician, see Steve Alford (politician). For the professor of British history, see Stephen Alford. (Source: en.wikipedia.org

Alford was named Indiana Mr. Basketball in high school before playing at Indiana University under coach Bobby Knight. He helped the Hoosiers claim their fifth national championship, and finished his career as Indiana's all-time leading scorer. Alford was selected in the second round of the 1987 NBA draft by the Dallas Mavericks, and played four years in the league with Dallas and the Golden State Warriors. Alford then became a college head coach. He has coached at Manchester University, Southwest Missouri State University, the University of Iowa and the University of New Mexico. He spent 5+1⁄2 seasons with the UCLA Bruins before being fired midseason in 2018–19. (Source: en.wikipedia.org)Stephen Todd Alford (born November 23, 1964) is an American men's college basketball coach and former professional player who is the head coach for the Nevada Wolf Pack of the Mountain West Conference (MWC). Born and raised in Indiana, he was a two-time consensus first-team All-American as a college basketball player for the Indiana Hoosiers. He led them to a national championship in 1987. After playing professionally for four years in the National Basketball Association (NBA), he has been a college head coach for almost 30 years. (Source:en.wikipedia.org))

Alford was born in Franklin, Indiana and grew up in New Castle. He learned to count as a three-year-old by watching the numbers tick off the scoreboard in Monroe City, where his father, Sam Alford, coached the high school team. Sam often moved for various coaching jobs. Steve missed only two of his father's games, once when he had chicken pox and once when he made the regionals of the Elks Club free-throw shooting contest. (Source: en.wikipedia.org Eventually the Alfords settled in New Castle, Indiana, where Steve played on the New Castle Chrysler High School basketball team with his dad as coach. Alford was known to practice shooting so much that he would wear out six or seven nets a summer and frequently forego social activities. (Source:en.wikipedia.org))

Alford decided to play basketball for Bob Knight and the Indiana Hoosiers men's basketball team. At Indiana, he became the university's all-time leading scorer with 2,438 points (a record later eclipsed by Calbert Cheaney, who went on to become the Big Ten's all-time leading scorer). Alford was the first player to be named the team's MVP four times. During his final three seasons, Alford earned first team all-Big Ten honors. In the Legends of College Basketball by The Sporting News Alford was #35 on the list of the 100 greatest Division-I college basketball players. When The Sporting News named its top ten NCAA basketball players of the 1980s in December 1989, Alford was listed at number ten. (Source: en.wikipedia.org His team advanced to the state quarterfinal but lost to Connersville in the 1983 state tournament. Later, shortly after Alford won a gold medal as a member of Bob Knight's U.S. Olympic team, he gave the medal to his dad in a tearful ceremony at the high school in tribute to the loss. (Source:en.wikipedia.org))

en.wikipedia.org)As a freshman, Alford quickly earned the favor of Coach Knight. Dan Dakich, Alford's former teammate and later an interim Indiana coach, said "Steve was incredibly mature as a freshman. He was getting thrown out of practice then. If Coach respects you and knows you can handle it, he'll do that. When I was a freshman, only Randy Wittman and Ted Kitchel, the seniors, were thrown out." (Source:

That year Alford helped lead Indiana to an upset of the Michael Jordan-led North Carolina Tar Heels in the 1984 NCAA tournament. (Source: en.wikipedia.org For the 1984 Summer Olympics Alford, just 19 years old and a sophomore, was selected to play on the U.S. basketball team, coached by Bob Knight. Alford averaged 10.3 points per game, was second in assists, and shot .644 from the field. He and his teammates went on to win the gold medal at the 1984 games. In this game Alford played alongside Michael Jordan, Patrick Ewing, Sam Perkins, Chris Mullin and Wayman Tisdale. Alford has recounted that during the Olympic training camp, Jordan bet him $100 that he would not last four years on Knight's Indiana team. (Source:en.wikipedia.org))

As a sophomore Alford was named to the 1985 NIT Tournament All-Tournament team after the Hoosiers finished second behind UCLA. As a junior, he and the 1985-86 Hoosiers were profiled in a best-selling book A Season on the Brink. Author John Feinstein was granted unprecedented access to the Indiana basketball program and insights into Knight's coaching style. The book recounts how Knight once criticized Alford's work habits and leadership ability, telling him he couldn't "lead a whore into bed." (Source: en.wikipedia.org The Hoosiers went 21-8 that year and finished second in the Big Ten, with Alford earning All-America and Big Ten Player of the Year honors. (Source:en.wikipedia.org))

Alford shot 7–10 from the three-point line, scored 23 points, including a buzzer-beating three-pointer at the end of the first half that put the Hoosiers ahead by one point to start the second half. (Source: en.wikipedia.org In his senior year, the Alford-led 1986-87 Hoosiers won Indiana's fifth national championship, when the team defeated Syracuse in title game of the tournament. The game was decided by a game-winning jump shot by Keith Smart with five seconds remaining. (Source:en.wikipedia.org))

Initially the choice angered Indiana fans but ultimately they and even Alford embraced the decision. Years later, Alford said "not only was it a much better draft choice than drafting me... Reggie turned out not to be a great pick, he turned out to be great for the state of Indiana." (Source: en.wikipedia.org After graduation, Alford wrote a book about his college playing experiences entitled Playing for Knight: My Six Seasons with Coach Knight. (Source:en.wikipedia.org))

Carpenter, Tom; Kite, Allison (January 9, 2018). "Kansas Rep. Steve Alford resigns leadership posts after blasted for comment on pot use by black people". Topeka Capital-Journal. Retrieved January 9, 2018. (Source: en.wikipedia.org Alford played in the NBA for four seasons, mostly with the Dallas Mavericks, although he spent a portion of one season with Golden State Warriors. Over his career, he started three games, scored 744 points, had 176 assists and shot free throws with an accuracy of 87 percent. (Source:en.wikipedia.org))

Walsh, however, chose to pass up the popular Alford and drafted a skinny 6'7" shooting guard from UCLA named Reggie Miller. Alford would be selected by the Dallas Mavericks in the second round (26th overall). (Source: bleacherreport.com The Pacers owned the 11th overall pick that year. A ton of fans in the state of Indiana wanted the team to select Indiana University guard Steve Alford, who had just led the Hoosiers to a national championship. (Source:bleacherreport.com))

Walsh obviously made the wise choice by taking a future Hall of Famer like Miller, but what if he had listened to the fans and drafted Alford instead? (Source: bleacherreport.com Alford, on the other hand, would play just four seasons in the league. Spending time in Dallas and Golden State, he averaged only 4.4 points per game, nearly 14 points less than Miller's career average. (Source:bleacherreport.com bBut as Alford eventually proved to be a disappointment, those same fans would've wished that Walsh had never made that pick. (Source:leacherreport.com)))

UCLA announced Monday that athletic director Dan Guerrero fired Alford following a four-game losing streak that dropped the Bruins to 7-6 this season. (Source: bleacherreport.com Saturday's home loss against Liberty was the final straw for head men's basketball coach Steve Alford. (Source:bleacherreport.com))

Statement from Steve Alford via UCLA: "While I wish we could have had more success, my family and I are so grateful for our time in Westwood. ... I sincerely hope that the UCLA community will rally around this team, its players and the coaching staff as Pac-12 play begins.” https://t.co/kUviQ31lmH (Source: bleacherreport.com)

Statement from Steve Alford via UCLA: "While I wish we could have had more success, my family and I are so grateful for our time in Westwood. ... I sincerely hope that the UCLA community will rally around this team, its players and the coaching staff as Pac-12 play begins.” https://t.co/kUviQ31lmH (Source: bleacherreport.com Alford released a statement on his departure, per Thuc Nhi Nguyen of the SoCal News Group: (Source:bleacherreport.com bUCLA hired Alford prior to the 2013-14 campaign, and he made the NCAA tournament in four of his first five years before a lackluster start in his sixth. (Source:leacherreport.com)))

Pierson cited sources who said donors pressured the administration to fire Alford. A $2.6 million buyout that was set to kick in if he was fired before May 1, 2019, was negotiated into an agreement Sunday. (Source: bleacherreport.com Alford, who was 124-63 at UCLA, was reportedly on the hot seat before this season even started. (Source:bleacherreport.com))

Alford was the head coach at Missouri State, Iowa and New Mexico prior to UCLA. He had general success at each stop, going 78-48, 152-106 and 155-52, respectively, with seven combined NCAA tournament appearances. (Source: bleacherreport.com Rob Dauster of College Basketball Talk reported UCLA's players "hated" Alford, which also contributed to the timing of his ouster. (Source:bleacherreport.com bAlford appeared well on his way to more success with the Bruins with a 28-9 record, Pac-12 tournament title and Sweet 16 appearance in his first season. He reached the Sweet 16 the next season and again in 2016-17 but never advanced any deeper into the Big Dance with the legendary program. (Source:leacherreport.com)))

Update: Stadium's Jeff Goodman reports Indiana will not consider Steve Alford as a serious candidate for its head-coaching position. Additionally, a tweet from Jon Rothstein reports Alford will not pursue the Indiana job. (Source: nevadasportsnet.com Steve Alford has a large buyout that could stand in the way of Indiana making a run at him. (David Calvert/Nevada athletics). (Source:nevadasportsnet.com nThe Indiana coaching job opened Monday, and whenever that's been the case the last couple of decades, one name has typically popped up alongside it, that being Steve Alford. (Source:evadasportsnet.com)))

 

 

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