Before I leave Philadelphia back home to LA in a few hours, I want to take the time to share a conversation I had with an Indiana fan who attended high school with Alford. I was with a coworker when this gentleman came by and started small talk about what the firm I work for does. He began talking about Indiana and I told him my coworker attended Purdue. Well, he gave her a little friendly rivalry talk and then he talked about basketball. I told him one of his boys was hired to coach my Bruins. This is where it began to get interesting.
He asked me how I felt about the hire and I told him I - and many others - are not happy with the hire. Once I said that, he had a look of shock on his face. He asked me why, since he apparently is a good coach and will win many games for UCLA. I told him I didn't approve of UCLA hiring a person who protected his player that was accused of sexually assaulting a young lady. His response was that he did the correct thing by protecting his player. I was appalled by his response and told him I didn't agree with him. He then said we still want to win championships all the time and that our expectations are too high. I told him we don't expect to replicate the Wooden years, because that is a feat that will not be replicated. We don't expect to win championships year in and year out, but we do expect to contend for championships. Then he said if the NCAA was the way it is when Wooden coached, UCLA would have been hit with sanctions because of money being handed to players. He said perhaps Wooden didn't know about this, but it did happen. I asked him how he came to that conclusion, but he didn't have a response. I wasn't alive during the Wooden years, so I don't know what happened. I believe in what John Wooden stood for, so I brushed off his idiotic comment aside. After this, he went back to the Pierre Pierce situation.
He said everyone makes mistakes and that he surely learned from it. He said Alford is a good man, and has been one since the days they spent together in high school. He said he is a good coach and wished Indiana would have picked him up a few years ago because they surely would have won at least two NCAA championships. I told him to please tell his people to take him. He then said UCLA was smart to give Alford that contract and buyout because of the games he'll win and to make sure he won't leave to Indiana. I told him the athletic director is an idiot because Alford hasn't done anything to even come close to deserve a contract and buyout like that. I then told him about the meeting he set up to change the mind of the young lady. He said he didn't know about that. I told him about how professors and old players didn't approve of his hire, either. I told him I am not one without sin, but two things I don't condone are child abuse and sexually assaulting a woman. He said he has contact with Alford and last spoke with him about getting tickets to see the game against Duke. I'm going to make this short now because I have to check out of my hotel in a few minutes.
If this one Indiana fan has this view of Alford, do all of them share the same thoughts? The last thing I told him was at least the Pacers took Reggie Miller and not Alford. He said that was a great move. I told him I'm sure he didn't see it that way at the time, and he said no.
I end with this: How does uclaluv, freesia, UCLAshley, and all our BN women feel about this. My oworker said she would not like it if Purdue hired a public figure like Alford since he's the face of the program. It's a slap in the face to all women. Fire Block! Fire Dan! Fire Alford!