Wednesday , Mar , 22 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Alford says he’s not going anywhere

Iowa City, IA (Sports Network) – Iowa men’s basketball coach Steve Alford said
he is not interested in any other job opening.

Alford had been rumored as a possible candidate for vacancies at Missouri and
his alma mater of Indiana, but he released a statement Wednesday in total

“I’m the head coach at Iowa. My family and I love the Iowa program and the
community,” said Alford. “We had a record-setting season with a second Big Ten
Tournament championship and I look forward to continued success with this

“As in the past, search committees and interested officials from other
programs with openings for a head basketball coach have initiated contact,”
said Alford. “I’m flattered with the interest and the recognition of the
outstanding season we had this year. With that success, comes attention and
speculation that I cannot control. I have not scheduled any interviews with
any other institutions.”

Iowa finished the 2005-06 season with a record of 25-9. The Hawkeyes won the
Big Ten Tournament title, but were upset by Northwestern State in the first
round of the NCAA Tournament on a last-second shot.

Alford just completed his seventh season in Iowa City and has posted a mark of
135-92, which includes six straight winning seasons and post-season

Prior to taking his current position on March 22, 1999, Alford posted a 78-29
record in four seasons (1992-95) at Division III Manchester College and a
four-year (1996-99) record of 78-48 at Southwest Missouri State.

Alford was a schoolboy basketball star in Indiana, earning the state’s Mr.
Basketball title in 1983, then starred at the University of Indiana and led
the Hoosiers to a national title in 1987.