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Bob Knight ESPN Special Coverage after firing 9/12/2000

Feb 01, 2022
the contradictions of bob

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's volatile brilliance the championships and outbursts the hallmarks of a black and white life collided with an equally stark reality if bob

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violates any of these requirements he will be fired this is a zero tolerance policy he would have to be an absolute an absolute with the things that have been imposed on me zero tolerance was born from this incident with neil reed zero tolerance lasted 117 days during which his job of 29 years at the scale was said to be insubordinate, uncooperative and verbally abusive . persistent and troubling pattern of behavior has led me to only one conclusion the final act a chance encounter with a freshman diagram at night as a play led to threats against the student and the coach exhausted his last chance i notified him that he was going to be retired as Basketball Coach Effective Immediately Emotions ranged from outrage to hurt, we all reached out and hugged him individually and then he was gone.
bob knight espn special coverage after firing 9 12 2000
I'm going to tell you my side of this tonight in his first television interview since he fired former Indiana coach Bob Knight live Sunday night, it had all the makings of a Bloomington coup for many US loyalists. hoosier, that's exactly what happened. As Bob Knight was fired, the university's president, Miles Brandt, is reported tonight writing to alumni and key donors to the university to explain his decision. The State of Bran University address, originally scheduled for today, has been postponed indefinitely. today in bloomington the gentleman's position was filled on an interim basis by his assistant coach mike davis his hiring may force the transfer of many more hoosier players davis today spoke of conflicting emotions mike davis being the head coach at indiana university is a miracle this program is a great program coach gentleman is a great coach and this program if it wasn't september could go out and get a great coach in a big way coach davis is officially the interim head coach of indiana the speculation for that job at the position permanent had involved steve alford who was starting his sophomore year in iowa alford played on the final night championship team in 1987 but left no leeway today alford stays in iowa first hand what he is capable of and For it to end this way is very sad, e

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ly for my alma mater program and the school with which I have had many the zos and saying I wish you the best and I wish you the best in a search, but I don't want that search to include me in the meantime, Bob Knight in his first public comment since being fired, told Dave Kindred about sports news that he regretted not taking the head coaching job at the University of Delaware. i also said in july that indiana university hasn't been a good place for him for the past four years and that he and his wife will soon be moving out of the bloomington area in a bob knight live moment interviewed by jeremy s chaff on a

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.com it's free it's sports give me a briefcase it's money i was able to play 17 years for the dolphins from miami i will miss you dan marino sports century the top 50 and beyond friday at eight only on espn classic to get espn classic call one eight hundred class ssic today welcome back to our sportscenter special it's been just over two days since indiana university fired the basketball head coach who won that school three national championships waiting in indiana my buddy jeremy shap good evening thank you very much bob joins us here bob caballero just a few miles from the indiana university campus in bloomington bob let's start three national championships a gold medal at the olympics over 700 professional victories on the other side your own university don of you've worked for 29 years has detailed a pattern of misconduct and says you finally crossed the line did you ever think you'd be fired?
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Well, I think Jeremy when uh, when I first got to Indiana, uh, I didn't really know what the future would hold for me, he had been a coach at the military academy. for eight years, six years as head coach and when I got here, this was a real experiment for me and a real opportunity to do some things with the game of basketball. should have wanted to do and I think over a long period of time I think maybe I don't know I worked through two presidents, many vice presidents, many board members, and really had no problems Nothing happened with these people during that time with those people and I think I got along with them.
bob knight espn special coverage after firing 9 12 2000
I think they understood some things that I was trying to do. I think we were able to meet. I think a lot of things were done together and during that time I think maybe once with Jerry Colangelo a very close friend of mine who is the president of the Diamondbacks and sons I thought about leaving Indiana and going somewhere else eh but but no eh but you did ever think they'd get the relationship if you give me a chance i'll get to it huh huh but i just didn't huh i didn't really consider i thought i would stay here and train until i finished training uh, which i'm certainly not now i mean there's no way i'm done training but in the last couple of years things have changed the administration has changed the athletic department has changed and for some people that may be good for me it just hasn't been It hasn't been the kind of situation that I've been used to here and and I've known for uh I think several years ago that this wasn't the same situation that I've been in and recently in July uh I seriously thought about uh, ot ro job uh and i have had in the last two years but you did the job in delaware well no no that wasn't that that wasn't a consideration after the fact but uh i don't think I'm thinking of another worked. it overturned the feeling i had for indiana university and the kids we had here the kids coming the kids who have been here what we have put together and built here in indiana i wanted more than anything to see us uh get back uh and and we've had a few periods i We've never been mediocre, we've always been really good or pretty good as a team and more than anything, I wanted to see us get really good again and I held on to that thought for several years, four or five years. and i probably should have gone someplace else just be and and there would be someone that would be a better fit as a basketball coach for this administration and these people than me and there's a place somewhere that would be a better fit for me as a basketball coach uh look at those jeremy hands that hasn't lost hasn't lost fast hands huh and there's a place that's a better fit for me as a basketball coach than indiana right now you're embarrassed that you got fired in a very public way your job that you got a job that you just said that would you hope to have until you quit are you ashamed? no not at all what i am proud of i am very proud of what our basketball program in indiana turned out i mean i am not going to single this player out and that player out because i miss the players but i am very proud of the type of kid that we have become here and the kind of men these boys have become.
bob knight espn special coverage after firing 9 12 2000
I am very proud of the accomplishments that these kids had this is something that with the previous administrators john ryan and bill orwy were the two people that hired me to come here and i think they have been the two people that probably more than anyone because they helped me to starting out and a guy who's been with me a former manager since day one was ed williams so there's people who've just been a part of this but it's been the players and all the coaches we've had here and put together over the years they wove an atmosphere of success academically athletically after graduation that I think we are all very proud of that's how I feel about what happened here all the years and now that my time in Indiana has been dismissed uh and and uh my mistake i think it was just staying longer uh the situation uh the situation changed the people changed uh and uh uh we have a different philosophy we have a different approach to things we see things differently i think we interpret words differently even good do you regret it now bob who considered you didn't resign on may 15th you didn't say well i've had enough these conditions are conditions i can't live up to it from your own wife your own son said you should quit why not well they did and you know I don't know maybe I was dumb I mean it's a possibility well it's not unusual for me to be dumb from time to time , but I think, in retrospect, that's exactly what I should have done, but I didn't do it for the kids we have here.
These children came here because of me. They came here to play for me. And I felt this in my mind so I thought I had an obligation to these kids I think these kids understand today t that they have an opportunity to go out there and keep playing I mean whether I'm here or not they can have a team of really good basketball, they can enjoy it, they can play it and I think for my sake I think it would have been much better for me to recognize, as I did long before, that this was not a situation for me that I should have gotten out of the situation that you didn't get out you didn't quit but instead agreed to the terms of the zero tolerance policy what zero tolerance meant to you no one ever explained that to me jeremy what it means to you despite zero let me ask the vice president of the university last thursday i said what Can you explain zero tolerance to me? and he looked me right in the eye and said no I can't so zero tolerance with me then when I was left alone to play him the main brand said he made it very clear he made it very clear the types of behavior. that would be acceptable and those that would not be accepted well he is not telling the truth Well he may think he did it but I have no idea what zero tolerance is.
Nothing was ever said. What happens if I receive a technical foul in a game? Did zero tolerance ask you for a definition? I asked a lot of people. As I said, three years ago, last week, I asked the vice president for the definition of zero tolerance. I asked Dr. Williams, who is the former executive vice president for a definition of zero tolerance, and he was a guy who was working. back and forth between me and the president's office for what reason I really don't know that wasn't my choice that was the president's choice but he had no idea about the definition of zero tolerance you said you wanted to set the record straight regarding the Reasons President Brand gave on Sunday for

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We want to reproduce some of his comments for you to respond to. The first thing he said was that you showed an unwillingness to work with his superior in the athletic department. thletic director clarence doninger there was a continued unwillingness on the part of coach knight to work within the normal chain of command in the iu athletic department i personally asked coach knight on may 13th to resume the normal chain of command with the athletic director clarence donega and he steadfastly refused to make him do that there was nothing that came up from may 13th to the president to the president where i need to interact with the athletic director no way nothing with the schedule recruiting budget nothing assistant athletic director steve downing an explayer of mine worked with stuff us my contract requires me to control the basketball and direct the basketball which i did there was never a reason for me to ask for anything nor was i asked for anything during that time so it's a fabrication well i don't know if he he may get the feeling that I didn't work with the sports director there may be something he thought I should have done maybe he thought I should have done it I've had weekly meetings with I don't know I don't know where he's coming from all I know is that we have been able to coach basketball since May 13 when or on any date without needing to do anything with the athletic director during that time or at any time since May 13 the athletic director ever asked me to sit down and talk told me that he he needed to see me or for some reason the president bran gave another reason another reason he said it's inappropriate wait wait wait wait let's get to this bob and then we'll be back no just wait a second uh what be uh and what we here I'm talking about interpretation maybe he interprets something one way I interpret another way and communication hasn't been particularly good here when I haven't heard from the athletic director or personally heard from the president so uh and I didn't try to try to talk to any of them well why not well there really wasn't any need in my mind but you just said you didn't know anything about what the zero tolerance policy would entail didn't you?
You're a little curious, oh, I asked several people, you said yes, why didn't you ask the president or the sports director, well, I ask people who are emissaries of the president and when they don't know, I don't . I don't know where they go to get it. They had a chance to go get it themselves and return it to me. Don't you think he would answer your phone calls? President Brandt or and I would certainly answer your other reason that President Brandt gave for

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you. you had an incident with an official the university's lawyer you had an argument I understand about the thirty thousand dollar fine that the university had imposed this is what president brandt said there was an incident in the recent past in which coach gentleman abused verbally from a high-ranking university official in the presence of others this outburst in her office was completely unnecessary and inappropriate bob is it true that the person you are talking about is dottie frapwell who is the lawyer for the university?
We were in my office with another attorney discussing a matter that has nothing to do with any of this. of respect and that I really liked I received a letter from dottie describing how this ticket was going to be paid and the letter had very wrongly figured out how to pay it in terms of what it would ultimately cost and without going into all the details we had to pay my accountant she had to go four different times to make sure this was resolved correctly you yelled at her would you let me finish that i'll let you finish thank you thank you but the gist of it is did you treat her the way you shared.
I'm trying to explain that if you give me the chance, go ahead, right now. Over time I think he developed somewhat of a negative attitude uh, towards the whole administration for a number of reasons and I'm sure it went through that, we did what I thought we had to do. I asked dotty if there was anything else I had to do with her. Do you need me for anything else? Is there something that needs to be done with you? We've done everything with you and she said we've done it and I said okay so I'd like to finish this with the other lawyer and I'd just assume you're leaving the office and let us both finish it now if that's abuse then that's abuse depending whose I interpreted that there were five people outside my office door and you're suggesting now that you didn't yell at him I didn't yell at him I didn't yell at him I didn't no I didn't use profanity I didn't speak in a louder voice than I'm speaking to you now if someone interprets that as abuse that is their interpretation the spokesman for the university christopher simpson said that you were abusive he was not there bu obviously he spoke to dottie frappwell well that is his interpretation let's move on to another comment that president brandt he did on sunday, he gave another reason for his dismissal and he turns out to be a guy who puts a lot of interesting twists on a lot of things for a lot of people on friday huh a freshman at this university ken harvey accused you of accosting him in the auditorium you had a press conference later that day in which you denied speaking rudely to him or hurting his arm what did he say happened he said he had scratches on his arm let's listen to the description from the president brand of that event we have a highly publicized incident where coach caballero had a confrontation with a 19 year old iu student in front of the iu assembly hall the police are investigating this matter and have completed their preliminary findings they have spoken with seven people and you have two more people to talk to, but we think they've worked out the facts.
In aspects of the case, the coach reached out and initiated physical contact with the student on his arm, and the two had, according to various accounts, an awkward exchange. It is not disputed that the coach reached out and grabbed the young man's arm in an unwanted manner. the severity of the act is in dispute however bob you already said on friday that the contact in your opinion was not inappropriate that you did not bruise him that you took him lightly by the elbow and then told him that he should be more polite I am addressing you as a coach gentleman o mr gentleman, but given the zero tolerance policy, given your track record, given the whole fact that you wanted this job, why did you go and touch it because I think that's something Jeremy would probably do under the same circumstances tomorrow and the next day and the day after that, and along with the zero-tolerance policy, there's something else that comes into play, there was some communication apparently, the participants made that, uh, I had refused to speak in uh pre-scheduled college club outings.
There were no pre-scheduled varsity club outings. First of all, none. varsity club outings I had in June I went to two different varsity outings now that leaves me two outings to participate on the advice of my lawyer I stuck to those four outings those four necessary outings and he told me I just couldn't afford to expose myself to these audi you mentioned zero tolerance i look at zero tolerance i didn't teach a class this year i've taught for 28 years i'm the only basketball or football coach in the big ten who has taught a class in the last 20 years and i didn't teach it because if you're a student and you don't like something i told you, you get a c and you thought you should have gotten an a it's a zero tolerance violation that's what makes this thursday situation in the auditorium all the more baffling , that you were so aware of the possibilities that you said last year that you knew people were going to upset you and then you took the bait, right, jeremy, what did with that student? it was just trying to teach him some manners and i said i'll do it tomorrow and i'll do it next time he said i was being nice cause that's the way i brought it up well it's good you said that huh because all i said was son , i'm not hello gentleman i'm the evening coach or mr gentleman and i don't address people by their last name and also you shouldn't always remember that with the elders now jeremy let me finish what i was saying before you interrupt me like this that we're going back to the situation where you're talking about the university, the alumni reunions, the four reunions, okay, on the advice of my lawyer, I spoke at all four. just usually i have spoken to more than four maybe six eight whatever but this time only four the other two i chose were a cancer fundraiser with the southern indiana alumni association and a speech before the student body in the auditorium that I have given many times over the years to show the students their appreciation for their support of the basketball team encourages them to continue to provide that support, which I hope they will continue to do in right now, so those are my four things.
I'm not sure how you can argue against raising money for cancer or talking to the students now, following the advice of the council, like I said, those were the four places, there were no regularly scheduled alumni luncheons in Chicago, Indianapolis or Bloomington those times hadn't been set yet so you're saying this is a false pretense for your fire pit i that was several that statement is false because a lady came into my office and asked me in front of my wife what dates do i want to speak in chicago and indianapolis this was the first of august and i explained to him r that i was not going to speak at those luncheons and why and the same with the bloomington luncheon that would fit perfectly in the speech that i would give to the students and anyone If you wanted to come you were welcome to one last thing about ken harvey ken harvey the 19 year old from a community about 20 miles from here has now received numerous death threats, the police ICE has advised him to leave town, and in fact, his image has been burned in effigy on campus, no.
Now you feel compelled to use your intimidation pulpit. Your words have an impact on this community to say fire Ken Harvey. Hey, I'd be the first person to say this was a kid like I got caught in some circumstances. Here is a child. Caught up in some circumstances that I think he was really nervous about what happened and maybe he came up to me very quickly. He recognized me. He was surprised to see someone he was used to seeing on television. I think it would be ridiculous. to associate anything other than uh surprise and being nervous uh with what this uh what this young man uh had to say and I would certainly hope uh that anything uh uh that would be as unpleasant as what you just mentioned would cease very quickly you're going to mention that when you address the student body tomorrow night, well, you have to come and listen.
I didn't think I was scheduled to give my speech to the student body here tonight. simpson, the spokesperson for the university said that he was constantly repeatedly told that every step along the way, every single one of these reasons that miles brand gave for firing him, put him in a sticky spot, did you know they told him that about christopher simpson? christopher simpson is totally fake so you had no idea these incidents as they said they were piling up the incidents the reasons Miles Brown gave on Sunday they never warned you. you asked me if christopher simpson had kept me informed no i didn't ask no i said christopher simpson said you've been informed i didn't say if it did any good to anyone it didn't nor did anyone else coach thank you very much we'll take a break right now when we get back we will discuss the future of bob night and the future of indiana basketball achieving excellence is a goal achieving excellence takes hard work curry buick cadillac has spent 85 years working hard to make car buying easy from the start perry buick cadillac principle knew that selling quality cars was only part of the reason people bought cars superior service comfort convenience and an unobtrusive approach to sales have become cornerstones of our customer commitment curry's vision cadillac achieve excellence one customer at a time if you start with haven insurance when you are young p You can get auto insurance with the protection you want for a lifetime and when you need insurance for your first home conversation t or us first because we'll be there when you need us and when you add to your family, we'll make sure you have the life insurance you need to protect them, shelter insurance will always be there for you for service. east 3rd in bloomington or bruce arnold on hwy 46 in ellisville tomorrow pending fever heats up on espn and espn2 at 7 on espn the red sox battle the indians for a wild card spot on espn 2 at 7 the yankees square off to carlos delgado and the jays then at 10 on espn the royals attack the sailors while on espn2 it's the dodgers d-backs in a wild card tug of war against the seven indian red sox blue jays yankees and ten royals mariners dodgers d-backs tomorrow there's a moment as i bite into a classic double cheesecake from wendy's when everything around me seems to stop my senses focus on that hot juicy meat and fresh crisp ingredients for that icy moment i'm in perfect shape of burger bliss of course nothing lasts forever then again i c always come back tomorrow burger bliss comes with every classic wendy's burger wow this is crazy are you su Giving like crazy you've got tv cameras everywhere the last thing you want in this white pumpkin thing running down your arm this is rude we asked some of the best professionals under the sun to change invisible solid grade anti blast prints what is that?
I guess it stays clear, but I'm not sure. I believe that when your body heats up, the invisible solid degree releasesExtra protection with a clear difference. right there i see no white stuff the more i work the harder it works no flake no funk no grade klingon invisible solid works hard but never shows after the game there's a bunch of girls that must be cool now we're back with ex coach bob gentleman coach at indiana university bob the meeting sunday night in the assembly hall you flew back from your fishing trip you dressed your troops in the assembly hall it was an emotional meeting what happened well i just told the ki ds that I was no longer going to be the coach there was no problem with that for them that these guys just had to play and they had to play basketball and they had to look at their future and I had told them the first time we met after school started that this was a team that could be a very, very good team, uh, we've had some really good additions to that team and I said then that they could be good and I told them on Sunday that no or there was no reason why they couldn't be as good as I thought they could be how difficult it was to manage them as their coach for the last time. well you know i would have liked uh to have been talking to them about what we were going to do next week but uh i've been leading teams uh uh almost all my life and uh the difficulty was that these were kids who we had worked so hard huh to get together to play and now um as an example i spent the whole summer with an offensive set um and in my mind while i am fishing or traveling i thought who is going to play here and who is going to play here and who is the best guy in this place to do all the things that we do in our movement offense, but do it in a little more defined way and now I won't be able to do that with these kids, but I'm looking for kids that I can do it with.
You'll know I'm not retired you know I'm an unemployed teacher right now and I'm looking for a place to teach and I'm looking I want to see how this offense works I want to see how some thoughts I have on advocacy work I want to say there's just too much to i have yet to explore about the game of basketball how important it is to you you are only 117 wins away from dean smith's record breaking the record winningest college basketball coach of all time totally unimportant and uninteresting kind of not i could care less i never cared about that stuff some guys brought some stuff from my locker today and it was kind of interesting my son pat who i think is the real victim in all this i mean pat just worked really really hard and very good helping us recruit these kids putting them in the right frame of mind getting them together and now pat uh at the start of a career wants to be coach and uh uh he's been fired from his job along with me let me finish with jeremy he's the victim in this yeah but pat is the victim and he's the victim but if you had played by the rules would he have been the victim?
Would he still have his job? pat is fine now with pat and our situation where it was uh now we have to find another place but again before you interrupted what i uh and you have a real faculty to do that thanks no i don't think it's anything to really be too proud of myself huh i think when i talked about pat bob you came here to do an interview i'm asking you questions when i spoke well then let me finish the answer is that's ok jeremy it's fair please i interrupted your questions still yes no i haven't interrupted my to answer your questions and then i tried to come back so let me finish this.
You have a long way to go to be as good as your father. It is better that you take it into account. What I was trying to say is that. pat came into the house and said dad said let me tell you what i found in the back of your locker under some old jerseys he found two basketballs that were marked with my 600 and 700 wins under a pile of old jerseys in the back of my locker, so I think that tells you how important win totals are to achieving. I spoke to Pat yesterday. He said that you have already received several calls.
People are interested. I don't know who what colleges what athletic directors uh you know I forget right now how much do you want to get back to coaching well that's all I want to do I mean that's what I am as a coach if I had to put my occupation in uh in my passport I would be a teacher teacher coach that's what I am uh I'm looking for a situation uh like I had for years and years in indiana uh where we turned out great kids where great kids came here um where I had a relationship with the people uh in the administration where we were going down the same road huh and i'm sure i'm not going to i'm not suitable for all administrations and all administrations are not suitable for me very few of us are men for all seasons very few of us are saint thomas aquinas uh and I want to train in the worst way and I want to uh I want to see more kids come out of our program like the kids who have come out of our program here I have many many years yet n to coach and that's what i would like to do well tell me bob if an athletic director is seeing this and i'm sure many are why should i hire you if you can't get along with your last athletic director or the current president of indiana, i think he should hire me because i found out once and basically i have w worked for about 43 people and at one point i thought there were three people i hadn't gotten along with now i think there are five out of 43 so during my coaching career and i'm talking about superintendents at west point uh common dance athletic directors uh i've had i've worked for uh i think nine different athletic directors and i've gotten along pretty well with seven of them uh superintendents presence 42 people and i've really gotten along with 37 of them so that's a pretty good percentage bob you coached the 1984 usa olympic team to a gold medal there were two players on that team sam perkins and waymon tinsdale who once asked if you were an animal what animal would you be sam perkins said a shark wayman tisdale said a pussycat it was possible they were both right it could be or maybe somewhere in between where do you see yourself in that scale? you know i never never watch myself as others try uh jeremy uh i just uh i've always felt that uh that i have to be i can't be something someone's trying to build i can't be uh something i'm not here to satisfy uh uh people uh uh i try to be fair uh i try to be honest i have a philosophy about things that differs from people and i think its a basic problem in this whole situation my philosophy and my approach to things is just different uh from some people in this situation. everything you have accomplished as a coach all the titles the gold medals all the players you have graduated the high percentage that is remarkable are you concerned about your legacy? are you worried that when people think of bob knight they first think of the graves of neil reed and jeanette hart and the circumstances surrounding their firing i think there will be people who might think of things like that those are two very very minor officials to think that uh again uh have some trouble relating exactly what happened oh I think the people that I think the people I think the people that yeah I'm saying that to be factual about it but I think the people who assess my legacy, as you call it, is very different from that type of person there are people who uh uh I believe uh uh well let's see what I've done and and uh uh I don't have any problem uh with what I have with how uh i have i worked with children and what has come of what we have done bob you are a historian you appreciate history you know about tragedies with everything you have done here you feel like you are a character now in this this tragic opera i really want to say this has elements nts of tragedy Can you appreciate that?
I don't think there is anything tragic in that. I think it's a group of people who didn't get along with a guy and a guy who really couldn't. fit in, uh, with a group of people, so that group of people needs to go somewhere else, uh, and that guy needs to go somewhere else. Otherwise, let me define tragedy for you. You know my wife has a very close friend who is undergoing traumatic cancer surgery right now. That is a tragedy. What happened here about a job. to equate this with human trafficking this is dramatic tragedy i just wanted to define tragedy for you what's next what are you doing this year oh idk i can go fishing tomorrow.
I can go watch some tapes tomorrow uh there never goes a day that uh i don't work in basketball and i will continue uh to do that bob thank you so much for your time that's bob knight the former coach of the indiana university basketball team now back to bob lee in bristol thank you very much jeremy bob knight calling himself a teacher unemployed saying he should have resigned in may saying he stayed longer than expected at indiana university with a change in athletics and school administration said no one I had never explained zero tolerance to him.
Knight did not directly respond to a question about whether he had spoken with Miles Brand and asked the university president for a definition of zero tolerance. Knight also said it was totally untrue that he was ever warned this buildup of incidents from mid-May to last weekend uh he was on thin ice he said anyone saying that is totally untrue gentleman saying no i had a chance to abide by the rules we will continue with the sports center special as we talk to and about bob knight i'll be talking to the gentleman on the left maryland head coach gary williams the gentleman on the right dane fife who may be at about to continue his basketball career at indiana university as we follow our conversation live with bob knight on espn sportscenter special bob knight live tonight we had the perfect meal for us olive gardens never end you may choose any of the special pastas and you get all the free refills you want plus all the salad and breadsticks for 7.9 5 thank goodness i was born hungry the olive garden when you're here is family now there are more reasons than ever to join aol if i knew it was that easy i would have started a long time ago.
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Well, I'm sure it is. he uh perceives it bob uh obviously uh coach gentleman doesn't see it the same way but i think that when you are an administration as an administrator you have certain responsibilities that you have to do he was under a lot of pressure to uh invent the reasons why he made his decision and those it was his reasons and I think Bob Knight's response to those reasons was very interesting, Gary, do you share the view that Bob expressed that he should have? resigned when you're looking from the outside, if he had resigned, probably because once you get into a situation like that, even if there was no zero tolerance policy, things would never be the same again and Bob Knight had a coaching situation in Indiana. i was at ohio state from 86 to 89 coaching against him in the big ten and just to see how the whole state supported him how everyone respected him he was the most powerful person in that state by far for the period i was at ohio state and very few coaches are in that situation once you're used to it and you've been able to train in that situation for a long time it must be very difficult to have that reign where you can't have the same freedom that you once had too much autonomy in your program well he had as much autonomy as any coach I've ever seen and that's coaching in the big east, the acc and the big ten and um that's great if you're the coach and he certainly did a great job in the academic area in the area of basketball, obviously, the other incidents that you know about were there, I think there's a sense that comes out of those situations where you could be above a lot of the things that, uh, the rest of the coaches would s, the rest of the people have to pass sometimes.
Dane, let me ask you, Coach made it clear that he thinks the administration was more or less out to get him. Do you think that was the case? Well, we totally believe that and have strongly defended it. um, since they didn't make the decision in May, uh, we uh, it would eventually be made once the years started, um, for one reason or another, um, they put it in a position to fail. I mean, you've played for him for two seasons. Do you think that guy could deliver? Well, it's funny that you asked Mr. Lee because, just two days before, this was the incident, the last accusation occurred. kidding you know what he's saying you know guys I can do this this is this is not a problem for me and then you know I wake up one morning and my roommate walks in and says dane you know coach a kid uh you know he accused the coach of grabbing and assaulting him and it's just baffling well he had said he thought two days before this incident he could respect zero tolerance or at least that's what he told the team did you notice any change in it from May to last week? uh, he was just a lot calmer, he wasn't yelling, um, you know people would come in and watch our workouts, and he's trying to stay calm and not get too mad at us and you know, um, you know he's always complimentary, but he would come to the floor and work with us and teach us, you know he was always there much more um, is it fair to say that it was a more civilized practice than it was? he was trying do you think he was trying yes his tactics were the same as me but he was calmer, more collected and you know it's tragic this whole situation Gary do you believe in a lot of armchair psychology that has developed over the years last four months about Bob Knight that volatile brilliance had to exist for him to be a coach? of such success that he needed that manic spark and that to calm him down would dull the edges of his coaching brilliance, well I think when you talk about the history of college basketball, especially coaching Bob Knight, right up there with John Wooden or anyone else to whatever you want to put at that higher level and it's obviously very brilliant and with that comes some things that sometimes it's not the same for everyone and when you're successful I think there's a tendency to overlook some things and maybe in the last four or Five years, Indiana hasn't been as successful, they've still been very good, but they haven't won the national championships or whatever, and people suddenly feel like they can say more. ngs about their program are not as intimidated due to the perceived lack of success compared to the national championships and they know they have set the bar high in indiana let's face it i mean it when people in indiana talk about indiana basketball they think Big Ten Championships and national championships, are you suggesting that if they were coming off a Big Ten Championship or a Final Four appearance, Bob Knight would still be there given all other factors on the table?
Well, I think it would be much more difficult. decision to be made by the president of the university and the board of trustees whether they were coming from a big ten championship or a Danish national championship the players had a lot of power were you aware of how much power I mean if all the talk about the players on the transfer and left would have decimated the next season. Did you try strategically and use that power to get the job of Mike Davis? Well, there's no doubt, um, we like us. I have said that we are a family and one of our players said it best when he said we lost our pillar but we haven't lost our base yet and that's what we want to do, we want to keep this team together and keep going. trying to win a championship and we were sorry to lose coach davis and coach treylor um you know the team wouldn't be the same they brought in a new coach it completely changed our system the way we played and it was just too much. it was too late for that season it started uh gary in one sentence what is the lesson of all this for other coaches well i think you need to keep track of where you find yourself in with your program and make sure you understand what the people you work with and work for expect you gary williams and dane5 thank you gentlemen for joining us tonight at a specialist sports center we spoke live with bob knight and we'll continue to tell you what's to come at espn classic and how you can follow story on w I'll Be Right espn.com Heavy Duty Red Zone The strongest form of moisture protection Old Spice has ever made just for men who sweat a lot nothing is stronger guaranteed or call eight hundred try it and Old Spikes will buy you a club of yours red zone lane seven pounds now anyone can get into the sydney

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Good thing I was born hungry in the olive garden when you're here you're family and we continue our spec sportscenter In our live chat with Bob Knight, we continue to take a look at what was said tonight. Digger Phelps is a studio analyst for ESPN, but it's as a close friend of Bob Knight that he joins us. He spent several days with Digger and, indeed. You spent last night at the night house in Bloomington, what didn't Bob Knight say that you know he's feeling in his heart right now? I really think there is a disappointment in how this was all handled ironically when I walked into the house last night the first thing we talked about which is typical bob gentleman we talked about his fishing trip in siberia and how his wife karen froze in there i said well , it wasn't in august yes but it's still cold and i think once we sat in a comfortable place it really was a disappointment how since may 31st was the last time he heard from dr brand and since then he has never received one phone call until this friday night at 10:30 when he is ready to go again and go to canada the other day.
After the fishing trip and that disappointment about how this all happened, leading to his firing and bob, in my opinion, I think that Dr. Brand from Indiana university probably wanted to fire him in May, they couldn't because it's the first that time they challenged Knight and whatever happened. in the last 17 weeks they were determined to finish their coaching career at indiana university he goes to dr brandt's house that saturday night at two thirty three hours to meet with the meeting which essentially in that moment saved his job bob caballero is by many accounts a brilliant man, how could you with your job hanging by a thread? how could he not have looked and asked miles brand what do you mean by zero tolerance?it's almost dangerous strange credulity to expect that after four months no one would come to him and he never asked bob.
I wasn't going to survive under zero tolerance I said that on our show on May 30th I said bob I know you're not going to get through this you're not going to know and you don't understand how they want to get you and believe me when a corporation has a management change. Taking him out sooner or later is going to add up like you saw with Jeremy how he defended certain situations talking to his accountant about the 30 thousand dollar fine or getting into the four events where I can go where I can't go I mean sooner or later you get both sides of this, but once people want you out, if it's in corporate America, it's done behind closed doors, it doesn't go into a public arena, this is no different than when we go back in history and look at president truman fired the general macarthur because of the korean war and it's the same kind of condition and the same kind of reaction but it's possible that in bloomington indiana there are a lot of people so close to the situation that they are essentially divorced from reality than a lot of other people across the country , sit here and look at the list of details that the brand presented miles, is it possible to be objective about it? sitting in Bloomington well, the most important thing is Bob Knight, either you love Bob Knight or you hate Bob Knight ight and that's it and the haters are going to go after him the ones who love him are going to stand up for him and he's a catch-22 he can't win at indiana university but i can see him taking a gap year and i talked to him today about him anger management counseling because if you take another job that president athletic director will tell you to put yourself in a position to get anger management counseling i think he is aware of this i think he will next year how he does it we won't go into details but he definitely wants the college basketball coach to be his number one choice and I can see it a year from now a president will stand up once he speaks tonight and says this is the guy we want because he needs a change indiana needs a change but bob knight still wants to coach basketball when given the chance and that phone c conversation sunday morning to quit bob knight refused why do you think that he wanted to force iu's hand? he honestly told me that he didn't think i did anything wrong and that i was going to leave and i was just going to do that and in his opinion he didn't do anything wrong from what we see and what we understand from his part but on the side of indiana they said yes you're done you're fired he's your good friend in denial i don't think he's in denial i think he's in pain he's hurt and karen too i think he needs to get away from this let him go i know the situation i went through at notre dame i think that he is in the same situation here it is time for bob knight to move on Get on with your life and leave indiana behind.
They will miss it. It will be traumatic for the players as well as the alumni fans, and this is the shocker across the country, but he is big and strong enough to know with all these conditions now in front of him, he has a bright future if he is willing to go to anger management company. open up and move your life in a new direction Digger Phelps thank you very much there will inevitably be more basketball in Bob Knight's future another school will certainly hire him to bring a show to life the royal vigil however not possible repeat incidents like the ones that stopped a career within reach of that all time coaches record for now, attention should be paid to bob knight but why for jeremy chef in bloomington i'm bob lee thanks for joining us on this sportscenter special has been a presentation of espn the world leader in sports for more go to espn.com espn welcomes you to the next presentation of the national soccer league

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