Tell Indiana to say YES to Steve Alford
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It's time to bring Steve Alford back to Indiana University.
There's a vacancy at the top of the Indiana University basketball program, and the chance to appoint one of the Hoosier greats is at hand.
Let's not miss this opportunity.
Steve Alford has been a success at every level of his life, a proven basketball winner at every level in Indiana, and he should be the coach at Indiana University.
Steve Alford is a man of great character and high basketball intelligence. He's been knit into the fabric of Indiana basketball from his youth.
- 1983 Indiana Mr. Basketball
- All-American in 1986 and 1987
- Three times named to first team All-Big Ten
- Big Ten MVP in 1987
- 1987 NCAA champion
- Olympic gold medalist
Alford's coaching record shows a talent on the rise.
- Pac-12 Tournament championship (2014)
- MWC Tournament champion (2012, 2013)
- MWC regular season champion (2009, 2010, 2012, 2013)
- MWC coach of the year (2009, 2010, 2013)
- Big Ten Tournament champion (2001, 2006)
- Heartland Conference champion (1994–1995)
- Sweet Sixteen (1999, 2014, 2015, 2017)
- A .722 winning record over the last decade
In short, Alford is coming into his own as a head coach. Making the Sweet Sixteen three of the last four years, currently leading the nation's #3 team, and amassing a 249-96 record over the last decade indicate Alford is a talent Indiana University should hire while they have the chance.
Strong institutions like Purdue, Wisconsin, and Michigan State know how to cultivate their basketball programs from within. Likewise, Alford's place at Assembly Hall will connect the traditions of Indiana University basketball to its future success.
Coach Alford is a family man with deep ties to the state of Indiana. His integrity and good character are known to all here in the state. Though he's not without flaw, he will readily admit when he's in error. In the last 15 years, three major universities have weighed his character, record, and qualifications and have deemed he was worthy of their trust -- won't Indiana do the same?
Steve Alford is a good man, an excellent coach, and an Indiana legend. He should be coaching in Bloomington, not Los Angeles.
Steve Alford should coach Indiana basketball.
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