(WSCR) In 2003, former Iowa Hawkeyes basketball coach Steve Alford joined The Boers and Bernstein Show.

Among topics discussed was the sexual assault case involving Alford’s star player, Pierre Pierce, who was accused of performing unwanted sex acts on a female student at his apartment.

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Though Pierce ultimately took a plea deal, agreeing to plead guilty to a charge of assault causing injury and later issued a public apology for “inappropriate sexual contact with a fellow student,” Alford adamantly defended his player.

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“He’s done a tremendous job of handling things and he’s working awfully hard,” Alford said. “… Pierre is a great kid. He’s from a great home and this is a very unfortunate situation for him and the victim.”

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When asked why he had such strong support for Pierce, Alford responded with: “This is already behind us. I already told you, two lives have been affected. Now, they’ve gotta move on. … You can’t keep dwelling on something that’s already happened. … What I’ve tried to do with Pierre and his family is really support him in every way I can.”