This is a chilling report. Question is why are we hearing about these stories now and how did Alford become our head coach without Chancellor Block (and perhaps Dan Guerrero) meeting him in person. This is crazy and scary. - BN Eds.
Just when you thought that the Alford situation couldn't get any more disturbing comes a new revelation from the Iowa City Press-Citizen.
In his article, Press-Citizen columnist Joe Harty details another Pierce incident involving his very own niece.
My niece was an 18-year-old freshman at the University of Iowa, who had met Pierce on campus completely by chance. He showed up in her dorm room one afternoon that same fall - unannounced and uninvited - closed the door and refused to leave. I hate to think what might have happened to this bright, beautiful girl had her screams not scared him away.
I feel terrible for the pain caused to his family and I am more disgusted now by the actions of our university.
To stop my older brother, Frank Harty, from coming to Iowa City to confront Pierce himself, I told my family I would contact the athletic department on their behalf, to help them take action. Because of the recent sexual assault allegations made against Pierce, I assumed there would be heightened concern when I contacted the Iowa's Sports Information Department to tell them what had happened to my niece.
I was told that my complaint would be addressed by the Iowa coaches.
In fact, the only correspondence I received was a formal letter written by then Assistant Coach Greg Lansing in support of Pierce. Lansing barely acknowledged that the incident I reported on behalf of my family may have occurred. But he mentioned in the letter that Pierce was a good kid.,
So, in other words, they knew about the first victim already and did nothing but blow off a second victim with a letter from an assistant coach. Nice leadership, Coach Alford.
To be sure, the only reason this report has even come out now is because of the outrage the UCLA community, led by Bruins Nation, has expressed.
I'm telling this story now because Alford's character is being questioned in the wake of his hiring at UCLA, and because my niece has graduated from UI and moved on with her life. She now lives in Florida and is still proud to be a Hawkeye, though this incident has left a scar.
Hey Coach, are you still going to hide behind, "I did what the university told me to do."? Go back to New Mexico.
AND TAKE DAN GUERRERO WITH YOU!