posted on Feb, 22 2006 @ 07:45 AM
I understand, believe me. Lots of IU people don't like Knight, either. It's an association thing. My first year was Knight's second at IU, so I
associate Knight with great teams and great times. For years after graduation, tournament time was a time my buddies and I all got together to watch
the games. Knight was the constant. He's like that crazy family member everybody wants to hide, but he's family dammit, so you hang in with
him. Absolutely no logical or reasonable foundation, it's all emotional. Plus, I happen to know personally some extraordinary things he's done that
never got any publicity, because he never wanted any publicity for it. Believe it or not, he's a great guy who'll go to extreme lengths to help
someone. But he's also capable of being a vindictive pr*ck if he thinks he's been crossed or taken advantage of. A teriffic guy to have as a friend.
Not someone you want as an enemy.
Enough about My Main Man, The General.
Alford has an impeccable pedigree. His dad's a long-time coach (won the state high school championship with Steve playing guard). Steve lives and
breathes B Ball, and has a stellar rep here. I think he could do a great recruiting job and although he's not what I'd call a coaching prodigy (like
Knight) he's exactly what the program needs.
I like Davis, too. He's as nice, kind, and good a man as you will ever hope to know. But he was thrown into the deepest end of the pool with no
experience or possible idea of what he was getting into. I fault the administration completely for giving him the contract. How the hell does a guy
with -0- head coaching experience get the top job at Indiana? Think Gerry Faust times 10. At least Faust had run a successful high school program
before getting the Notre Dame job. I could reiterate a number of bonehead things Davis has done, most of which were caused by his inexperience and
apparent lack of that filter in the brain that results in his saying the first thing that pops into his head. But just one example. Right after
getting the contract for multiple years, he said, at a press conference, his ultimate goal was to coach in the NBA! Now that may be true, and
you can't fault a man for ambition, but how smart was that? You think every school he's competing with for recruits didn't use that against
So here we are. I think Alford's a perfect fit. I think he'd take the job if it was offered. I don't think the administration has the guts or the
brains to offer it to him. I hope I'm wrong.
I think you make a good observation: How many really great pros made great coaches/managers? Bird did pretty good as a coach, taking the Pacers to
the championship series in 2000, only to lose to the Kobe/Shaq Lakers. But he doesn't have the patience for it.
It should be interesting to see who gets the job. Given the last several hires IU has made (excluding Terry Hoeppner from Miami, Ohio for football,
which I think was a great move), I'm not optimistic.
In the meantime, Go Texas Tech!
[Thanks for the comments, BHN. You always have great input].