IOWA CITY - It appeared Wednesday that Iowa's Steve Alford would not become the next coach at Indiana.
Media reports out of Indianapolis said Indiana has offered interim coach Mike Davis a contract to become the Hoosiers' permanent coach. Indiana officials called a news conference for Wednesday afternoon to discuss the situation.
Meanwhile, a top official at Iowa said he expected Alford to stay with the Hawkeyes. Mark Schantz, the university's general counsel, said Alford should be able to reach an agreement on a new contract and remain the coach.
"The athletic director and Steve have been engaged in discussing the parameters of an extension and I have every reason to think that it will get done," said Schantz, who is also athletic department liaison for university President Mary Sue Coleman.
"I don't know of any serious obstacle," he said.
Alford had not been offered a contract extension, but negotiations were under way, Steve Roe, associate sports information director, said Wednesday.
"He has a contract for three more years. Discussions between our athletic director, Bob Bowlsby, and Steve are continuing for an extension. Other than that, it's Bob's policy not to comment on contract negotiations. In staying with that policy, that's all that will be said," Roe said.
Rumors continued to swirl around Alford and the coaching job at Indiana because of earlier uncertainty over Davis, who succeeded Bob Knight.
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