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UCLA Coach Steve Alford has roots, and rooms, back home in Indiana
UCLA Coach Steve Alford has roots, and rooms, back home in Indiana

Every now and then, a call comes in to a hotel in Indiana with an unusual request. "Can I talk to Steve?" The manager, April Barricks, wouldn't know what to say. Eventually, she asked the owner. People keep asking for Steve Alford, Barricks told him. What do I do? "Well," the owner, Kenny Cox, said, "tell them he's back there cleaning some rooms right now. When he's done, we'll see if he can call you back." These things tend to happen when you own the Steve Alford All-American Inn, as Cox does. Apparently some people expect Alford to be rattling around the joint, doing some dusting, maybe, or laundering towels. Never mind that...

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