Alford is also registering important wins on the recruiting front—particularly in-state, where Davis had limited success the last few years. The highly regarded five-man class that Alford signed this fall features 6'8" forward Glen Worley of Iowa City, the state's best senior.
One might surmise that Alford's success would be a source of pleasure for his former coach, but Bob Knight appears to be as irked now by Alford's popularity as he was when Alford played for him. The two haven't spoken in more than a year—Alford says he phoned Knight after getting the Iowa job, but Knight didn't return the call—and Knight brushed off questions about Alford at the Oct. 31 Big Ten media day. (The two men saw one another there but still didn't speak.) "I don't know what I did to strain the relationship, but I've got to move on," Alford says. He can trace much of what he knows about basketball to his college days, but not all of it. No one would ever accuse Bob Knight of coaching fun.