Steve Alford's Apology for His Defense of Pierre Pierce Was Long Overdue

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Steve Alford's Apology for His Defense of Pierre Pierce Was Long Overdue
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Once Steve Alford completed his opening monologue during his introductory press conference at UCLA nine days ago, it didn't take long for the topic of conversation to turn to the darkest chapter of his coaching career. A reporter from the Orange County Register asked Alford about his vehement defense of Pierre Pierce in 2002 after the Iowa standout was accused of sexual assault. Alford came under fire for repeatedly declaring his player innocent, especially after Pierce pleaded guilty to a lesser charge and later was thrown off the Iowa team after another incident involving a woman.

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