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Alford's 'entire focus' on Iowa

Updated: February 17, 2006, 5:36 PM ET
Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS -- Within minutes of Mike Davis's resignation, Steve Alford was a reluctant and tightlipped front-runner for the Indiana basketball coaching job.

The Iowa coach was Indiana's Mr. Basketball, a two-time All-American under Bob Knight and led the Hoosiers to the 1987 NCAA championship. Fans booed Indiana Pacers CEO Donnie Walsh when he passed on Alford in the NBA draft -- and instead picked Reggie Miller.

Even Davis, who coached Indiana for six years but still remained in ...

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