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Bobby Knight

Posted on: February 25, 2010 7:56 pm
Since this is a discussion of Knights comments about Calipari I think it's only fair to consider the source in this as well and take a look at Knight. The list of Knights exploits at IU where complied from the Indianapolis Star Library. As well as an article written by Mike Decourcy of the Sporting News.

Here are excerpts from Mike DeCourcy's article in Sporting News about Knight's misinformation and hypocrisy, including some obvious points that many of us have been making here and in other threads...

"The one humorous element of Bob Knight's diatribe against the current Kentucky basketball coach is it unofficially anoints Knight as a full-fledged member of an assemblage he once loathed....

Knight always contended too many in the media wrote or talked about things they didn't know or understand. Now he has done the same....

....John Calipari — did previously work at Massachusetts and Memphis, and both of those schools wound up facing NCAA sanctions for incidents that occurred while he coached there. However, Calipari was not implicated in either circumstance....

In the case of the UMass deal, there is no way any logical person can assume Calipari approved of money allegedly changing hands between a wanna-be agent and his star player — and then encouraged that player to come clean with the NCAA. Which is exactly what happened.

Bob Knight should know that if he wants to comment about it."

1976 -- Criticized nationally for pulling guard Jim Wisman off the court by his jersey.
July 1979 -- Arrested in Puerto Rico, charged with assaulting a police officer; convicted in absentia in August.
1980 -- Fires a starting pistol at postgame news conference to startle a Louisville newspaper reporter.
Feb. 23, 1985 -- Throws a chair across the floor during a loss to Purdue. Three technical fouls, ejection from the game, and national attention.
1987 -- Puerto Rico drops its efforts to extradite Knight.
March 1987 -- Bangs fist on scorer�s table during an NCAA regional tournament game against LSU. NCAA fines IU $10,000 and reprimands Knight.
Nov. 21, 1987 -- Knight won�t leave the floor after being ejected. He drew three technical fouls which resulted in the game being forfeited to the Soviet Union team. Knight later is reprimanded by IU.
April 25, 1988 -- Provokes outrage during an NBC interview with Connie Chung. In describing the experience of losing, he said, "I think that if rape is inevitable, relax and enjoy it."
March 25, 1992 -- Knight pretends to whip black player Calbert Cheaney, drawing national attention and protest from the local NAACP and other black leaders.
Dec. 7, 1993 -- Pulls son Patrick from the game and appears to kick him in the leg. Crowd boos. Knight later says he kicked the chair, not his son.
March 9, 1994 -- Butts heads with Sherron Wilkerson during a courtside huddle. Later both say it was accidental.
March 17, 1995 -- IU fined a record $30,000 after Knight berates an NCAA volunteer at a news conference following IU�s first-round loss to Missouri.
June 1999 -- Christopher Foster accuses Knight of choking him during an altercation in the parking lot of Nuestra Mexico, an Ellettsville Mexican restaurant. After much publicity, no charges were filed.
Feb. 19, 2000 -- Knight berates his boss, Athletics Director Clarence Doninger, when Doninger tries to console the coach after a loss to OSU. Doninger later said he felt physically threatened by Knight. (This incident was not publicly known until The Star reported it March 30, 2000).
March 14, 2000 -- In a televised CNN/Sports Illustrated report, Neil Reed alleges Knight grabbed him by the neck during a 1997 practice, that Knight ejected IU President Myles Brand for talking during a practice and that the coach wiped himself with toilet tissue in front of players to make a point.
March 23, 2000 -- IU Bloomington Athletics Committee asks IU President Myles Brand to investigate Knight.
April 12, 2000 -- Videotape of 1997 altercation between Knight and Neil Reed airs on television.
May 10, 2000 -- Jeanette Hartgraves, secretary to the IU athletics director, tells The Star she felt physically threatened by Knight in a February 1998 confrontation in which he called her a "f------ bitch" and was advancing on her in anger. Clarence Doninger, stepped in to restrain Knight. Hartgraves also told of an episode in the late 1980s in which an angry Knight flung a potted plant against a wall, shattering a ceramic pot and a glass picture frame. Hartgraves said she was showered by glass and debris but not injured.
May 11, 2000 -- Two more accusations surface about violent behavior by Knight. WTHR (Channel 13) reports that Knight attacked assistant coach Ron Felling and threw him off a chair after overhearing Felling criticizing the basketball program in a telephone conversation. Other sources told The Star that Knight choked and punched IU's longtime sports information director, Kit Klingelhofer, in the 1970s, over a news release that upset the coach.
Sept. 7, 2000 -- Knight grabs IU freshman Kent Harvey by the arm and lectures him on respect after hearing Harvey remark "Hey, Knight, what's up"? Harvey reports the incident to campus police and says Knight yanked his arm and swore at him. Knight denies he was rough.
Sept. 10, 2000 -- At a Sunday news conference, IU President Myles Brand announces he fired Knight after he refused a request to resign. Brand cited several instances< of unacceptable behavior by Knight since the zero-tolerance policy was instituted, not just the altercation with Kent Harvey, for his decision.
Sept. 12, 2000 -- In a live interview televised on ESPN, Knight says his accusers lied and university officials distorted their accounts of what happened.

Knight has never been a decent person and now, the one thing he was is gone. He abused and embarassed everyone in his way into a Hall of Fame career as a mean SOB, from his players, to his assistant coaches, the media, and even his superiors at Indiana.[see Miles Brand]. Now he is nothing more than another has been sports figure.

Knight is a shinning example of the things that were wrong with the "good old days" of the game.  He lives in a flawed view of the past exclusively and still believes that the way to success is to beat others down, embarass and degrade.  Even in his criticism of Calipari his focus was on himself being "above the game" now.  In reality no decent school would have him in any capacity within their organization. [See Georgia and his interest in their coaching vacancy last season] He is the worst form of a leader, as a coach, or as an example of a human being.  It is truly time for him to be seen for the fraud he is. In the end Knight will make some insensitive politically incorrect statement that will completely embarrass the network and College Basketball.  It isn't an "if" it is only a "when". I've said for years that he'd end up being the Woody Hayes of college basketball coaches but he's gotten away with that by being a bully and in the end it will be his mouth that is his undoing since he rarely, if ever engages his brain before he opens it.

He without fail always attacked journalism, in the form of obvious questions based upon his absurd behavior as a coach. Now that he is a part of the machine he used to loath, and has chosen to use his bully tatics even more pompously on air and with more lack of judgment than even the WORST of those he once barked at in the media. Bobby Knight is one of the most ridiculously transparent hypocrites in the history of the sport and, apparently, the media loves him as much as he loves himself.

And I think a good lawsuit is in order to set Mr. Knight and his employer, the worldwide hater in sports straight for journalistic integrity, having at least some sort of facts in your reporting as well as blatent defamation of character. JMO.
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Since: Mar 20, 2008
Posted on: April 13, 2010 11:27 pm

Bobby Knight

Great blog!!! love seeing someone document it in print what a self-righteous idiot he is... And he was calling Calipari bad for college basketball????????????  Ha!

Since: Nov 5, 2009
Posted on: March 2, 2010 6:09 pm
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Since: Nov 5, 2009
Posted on: February 26, 2010 5:43 am
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Since: Oct 20, 2008
Posted on: February 26, 2010 2:37 am

Bobby Knight

I think we all know Bob Knight is an a$$hole.

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