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No winners when proteges meet mentors

While fans may love to see a mentor play his protégé, coaches would just as soon avoid such matchups.

Updated: December 23, 2003, 2:06 AM ET
By Andy Katz | ESPN.com

The idea was hatched in the summer of 2002. Yes, Steve Alford and Bob Knight had played each other before as Big Ten coaches at Iowa and Indiana. But this was different. This would be on their terms.

So, as Alford struggled to resurrect his coaching career, he and the coach he'd played for during his All-America career in Bloomington, Ind., decided they'd pick up where they'd left off in 2000 when Knight left Indiana. The pair's relationship may have been strained since Knight's final years ...

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