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Alford responds to player's remarks

Monday, January 7, 2002

IOWA CITY - Cortney Scott says Iowa coach Steve Alford never gave him a chance.

Alford responded Friday by saying he didn't want to talk about Scott's remarks - and then promptly did just that.

Scott, a 6-foot-6 sophomore who was sitting out this season, has quit the team and will transfer. He told the Iowa City Press-Citizen he left because he was unhappy playing for Alford.

In a story that appeared Friday, Scott also accused Alford of playing favorites and contended that Reggie Evans was allowed to play too rough in practice.

"I wanted to leave last year because I got a lot of promises that were broken," Scott told the Press-Citizen. "I was really hurt by some of the things the coach did. He really didn't give me a chance."

Alford's response?

"There's nothing to talk about," he said. "We're worried about Ohio State. We're worried about getting better."

Alford, whose team plays at Ohio State tonight, did not drop the matter there, however.

"I'm confused at his comments," he added. "I'm confused at having a full-page, front-page story on it when we're in the midst of a 12-3 season.

"You guys want to write stories you think will be Pulitzer Prize-winning stories. We've got to concentrate on our team. We're a good basketball team. We're a close family here. That's all we're going to concentrate on.

"If Cortney's father wants to get in some kind of debate on right-wrong, tit for tat, we have no interest in that."

Scott's father, Donald, was quoted by the Press-Citizen as saying his son left strictly because of differences with Alford.

`It wasn't because of Iowa or Iowa City," Donald Scott said. "It was more dealing with the coach."

When Alford announced Scott's departure Wednesday night, he said Scott had asked to sit out this season and everyone seemed to agree on that. Scott disputed that, saying assistant coach Rich Walker approached him about redshirting.

"They told me with Reggie there, that I was only going to play about four to eight minutes a game," Scott said. "I figured coach is not going to play me if I don't redshirt."

Scott also said Alford refused to discipline Evans, one of the nation's top rebounders, for being too rough in practice.

Alford did not address that comment directly, but seemed to be doing so when he said that going against Evans in practice was valuable experience for young players such as Jared Reiner, Scott Sonderleiter and Erek Hansen, a freshman who is redshirting.

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