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Missouri to talk to Alford

Friday, March 24, 2006

IOWA CITY (AP) - Missouri officials have asked to talk to Iowa basketball coach Steve Alford, Iowa Athletic Director Bob Bowlsby said Wednesday.

Missouri "notified me they had a desire to talk with Steve," Bowlsby told The Associated Press on Wednesday. "I duly noted it. Steve has a responsibility to notify me if he's going to talk to anybody. He hasn't done that yet.

"What it means is they have a chance to call him and he can decide whether he wants to go and interview," Bowlsby said.

Missouri Athletic Director Mike Alden has been looking for a coach since Quin Snyder resigned on Feb. 12. In seven seasons, Snyder compiled a record of 126-91 and earned NCAA tournament berths his first four years in Columbia.

A telephone message left Wednesday for Alden was not immediately returned.

In recent weeks, Alford has been linked in media reports to the head coaching vacancy at Indiana, where he earned All-American status and led the Hoosiers to a national title in 1987. The Hoosier job opened earlier this month after the resignation of coach Mike Davis.

Bowlsby declined to say whether other schools have contacted him about Alford.

Alford guided the Hawkeyes to a second place finish in the Big Ten this year and the championship in the Big Ten Tournament, his second conference tournament title in seven years. Iowa finished with a 25-9 record, earned a No. 3 seed in the NCAA Tournament, but was upset in the first round by Northwestern State. In seven years at Iowa, Alford has compiled a 110-83 record.

But his contract is set to expire in 2009, and without an extension Alford cannot promise recruits he will be their coach through their senior year.

Alford's contract requires him to meet with Bowlsby at the end of each season. Bowlsby said that meeting has not yet taken place.

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