New Mexico Coach Steve Alford's recent exchange with a BYU player has caused a stir many miles away from the Mountain West Conference. It seems Alford is never far from the hearts of Iowa Hawkeye fans.
Most Iowa fans have a hard heart when it comes to Alford. Most developed a displeasure for Alford while he served as Hawkeye coach. Fans were generally glad when New Mexico hired the coach. Many had the attitude such as "Don't let the door hit you when you leave."
So it is not surprising that nearly four years removed from his Iowa days, Iowa fans are flocking to the Internet boards to talk about the Alford incident and again make known their anti-Alford feelings. They say in a real marriage, bad feelings often linger after a divorce. This divorce is still messy.
Maybe Iowa fans are jealous of Alford's current success at New Mexico. The Lobos are 27-3 and ranked eighth in the Associated Press poll. On the other hand, Iowa has really struggled with Todd Lickliter as coach.
What will help Hawkeye fans move on with their basketball lives? Will a great New Mexico run in the NCAA tournament do it? I sense that a quick exit in the tournament will cause Hawkeyes fans to say "I told you so,"and keep stroking the Alford pot.
Hopefully, Hawkeye fans will move on and sooner rather than later.
What do you think about Alford and the Hawkeye fans?