Alford enjoying Indiana’s success

5 comments by   |   Wednesday, March 14, 2012 - 6:33 pm EDT

It was in a way fitting that Indiana’s return to the NCAA Tournament pit them in the same second-and-third round site as Steve Alford, and it’s something the former All-American is relishing.

“You root and pull for them like crazy as an alum,” Alford said. “There have been some hard times, and hopefully through the hard times Tom and his staff have done a terrific job. and it’s neat seeing them being at a national level again and competing at a very high level, because that’s what Indiana is, and I think Tom and his staff understand that and that’s what they’re building towards.”

Alford said he’s been following the program closely, and that it meant a lot to return to Bloomington for the 1987 national championship team’s 25-year reunion on Dec. 4.

“It’s been fun,” Alford said. “… It was a really neat experience for our team to get back and get in that environment, and then get in that environment where they’re winning again makes it that much more special.”

Alford is in his fifth year at New Mexico and he’s reached the postseason all five years. This is his second NCAA trip in the last three seasons, and he made it clear in his press conference on Wednesday that it’s a position he feels blessed to have.

“You have to have a strong administration that can step out if they need to step out and support you,” Alford said. “… We’ve been fortunate We’ve had a five-year run that’s been outstanding. We’ve had five real high quality years. But whether it’s been good or bad instances, no instances, you’ve got to have that support, and you’ve got to have administration that equips you and gives you things that you need to be successful. I’ve been fortunate. I’ve had an administration that’s done that.”

Share the Scoop!

Related content: Read more in Men's Basketball
 
Report: Sheehey signs with team in Montenegro
Purdue vs. Indiana alumni game this Saturday
Oladipo, Zeller named to USA Select Team
IU target Spalding commits to Louisville
Crean putting together vision for guard-oriented team
5 comments:
#1
Ruud Gullit
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 - 6:51 PM EDT

I like that Alford is still “rood”ing for us whatever that means.

 
#2
Double Down
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 - 9:10 PM EDT

Alford’s a class act. It is unfortunate that some of the folks around here have used Alford as a proxy to fight their war against CTC. It isn’t Steve’s fault.

I’m pulling for UNM and hope he has a great run in the tourney (unless they meet us in the Finals, of course).

 
#3
Chet
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 - 9:25 PM EDT

Agreed. I’m sure he’d be appalled.

 
#4
Harvard for Hillibillies
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 - 9:36 PM EDT

I wonder if Ginger booked a seat for his magical companion a flight to Portland?

Top-10 Oxymorons

10. Controlled chaos
9. Open secret
8. Organized mess
7. Alone in a crowd
6. Flight grounded
5. Jumbo shrimp
4. Plastic glasses
3. Working vacation
2. Exact estimate

1. Alford bobble-head

From base of skull to sacroiliac, I’ve never seen a more rigid vertebral column move freely about a basketball court

 
#5
Laffy
Thursday, March 15, 2012 - 1:26 AM EDT

Anyone see that Pat’s team choked?

 


RSS feed

Comments

Facebook

Twitter

YouTube

Today @ HoosiersHQ.com

Recent comments on The Scoop



  • Football. TODAY: Coach Wilson at ESPN - #IUFB head coach Kevin Wilson is in Bristol Thursday, July 31, for part of the #ESPNB1G Carwash. Follow @HoosierFootball on Twitter for complete
  • W. Swimming. Hoosiers Finish Day 1 of Junior Nationals - Members of the Indiana University swimming team wrapped up day one of competition at the 2014 Speedo Junior National Championships in Irvine,
  • Dakich fires back at 'the Baby Baron' - The Indiana-Kentucky rivalry bubbled back to the surface today, at least in terms of public discussion.
  • Leaf talks recruiting, third Indiana visit - Six-foot-9 four-star forward T.J. Leaf talks with Peegs.com about where his recruitment stands
  • What to watch for: Indiana in Montreal -

    Indiana begins a five-game tour over six days in Montreal, Canada (with one game in Ottawa) on Aug. 8 which will be the first foreign trip for the program since 2007.

  • 2015 guard Donovan Mitchell trims list to 10 schools -

    One of the breakout stars of July, class of 2015 Brewster Academy (N.H.) guard Donovan Mitchell, trimmed his list of schools to 10 on Thursday morning. Mitchell, a 6-foot-3

  • Indiana among final 10 for Donovan Mitchell - 2015 guard Donovan Mitchell, the fastest-rising guard in the country, cut his list to 10 on Thursday, and Indiana made the
  • 2015 guard McQuaid will visit Indiana - Matt McQuaid, a 2015 guard and SMU decommit, will visit Indiana, AllHoosiers.com has
  • The Thursday Thinker
  • Bloomington Restaurant and Bar Guide