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    Steve Alford on Big Ten Icons Tonight at 9 p.m. ET

    Go Hoosiers! Steve Alford is No. 17 on the Big Ten Network's list of Big Ten Icons
    Go Hoosiers!
    Steve Alford is No. 17 on the Big Ten Network's list of Big Ten Icons
    Go Hoosiers!

    Oct. 5, 2010

    CHICAGO - Steve Alford has been named Big Ten Icon No. 17. The Big Ten Icons countdown, presented by Discover, continues at 9 PM ET tonight (Oct. 5) on the Big Ten Network, with a profile of the sharpshooting Indiana guard. The episode includes new, exclusive interviews with Alford, his father, Sam, Steve Lavin, Gene Keady, Bob Hammel, Don Fischer and others.

    New episodes of the 20-episode series, hosted by legendary broadcaster Keith Jackson, debut at 9 PM ET every Tuesday night through the end of football season and into the spring.

    Alford helped lead Indiana to the 1987 National Championship, was a two-time All-American, a three-time All-Big Ten selection and was named Indiana's team MVP four straight years. He finished his collegiate career as the Hoosiers' all-time leading scorer. The native of New Castle, Ind., also won a gold medal on the Bob Knight-coached 1984 U.S. Olympic basketball team.

    In the episode, Alford talks about how he worked on his shooting touch in the third grade. "I can remember my mom going to the store and buying Pringles cans. She'd come home and I'd dump out all the chips on the table. The rest of the family could eat all the chips, but that was a hoop for me. And I'd use ping pong balls and I learned touch."

    Alford also recalls his recruiting process. "I was waiting on one phone call. I knew where I wanted to go. I knew where my dream was, where my goal was. Every workout I did at New Castle in the summer was two-fold: That was to be the best high school player I can be, help my team win as many games as we could. And in the back of my mind was to be good enough to play at Indiana, to be good enough to play for Coach Knight."



    In an essay for , former Chicago Tribune sports editor Dan McGrath wrote, "Steve Alford may well have been the quintessential Indiana basketball player." To read the full essay and to watch a video feature on Alford, visit his Big Ten Icons locker at .

    The No. 1 Big Ten Icon will be revealed around the 2011 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament. Big Ten Icons is the network's most ambitious multi-platform initiative to date. The program is counting down the top 50 student-athletes in Big Ten history, based solely on their collegiate playing careers. Icons 50 through 21, listed below, were revealed at


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