Steve Alford, the only member of the 1984 U.S. Olympic basketball team still playing in college, was suspended from the Indiana team today because he violated NCAA rules by posing for a sorority calendar that was sold to raise money for charity.
Although Alford was not paid for posing, the NCAA told Indiana today that Alford must sit out at least one game because the calendar was sold. Thus, he will not play here Saturday when Indiana plays ninth-ranked Kentucky.
Alford averaged 28 points in the Hoosiers' first two games, scoring 32 points in Indiana's 82-67 upset of 10th-ranked Notre Dame Tuesday.
Indiana Coach Bob Knight first learned about the calendar during practice Thursday afternoon. After meeting with Alford and the members of the Gamma Phi Beta sorority, he called the NCAA that night and informed them of what had happened.
Friday afternoon, just before the Hoosiers practiced in Bloomington, Ind., the NCAA called back and told Knight that Alford's participation in a money-making venture, even though all proceeds were to go to Gamma Phi Beta's foundation that supports camps for girls, was an NCAA violation.
Indiana then was faced with a choice: voluntarily suspend Alford for the Kentucky game or keep him in the lineup until the NCAA eligibility committee meets in two weeks. At that time, if found in violation, Alford quite possibly could have faced a three-game suspension that would have kept him out of Indiana's Big Ten opener against Michigan.
An Indiana football player and an Indiana baseball player were among the 12 men -- all students -- who posed for black and white pictures. Alford was photographed in a sports coat, a button-down shirt open at the top, and blue jeans.