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Top 5 Reasons You Can't Blame Bob Knight for his Outburts

May 29, 2021
Hi, I'm Brian Kenny and welcome to ESPN Classics The Top 5 Reasons You Can't Blame a series that takes a fresh look at sports personalities who were remembered largely for their mistakes, controversial moments or decisions. questionable, which is why many critics over the years have taken to the rostrum to punish legendary coach Bob Knight for his outbursts on and off the field, but like Knight, we don't necessarily buy the prosecution's case on this one. show, we'll give you our top five

reasons

why you can't

blame

Knight for his repeated outbursts. but first let's review why coach

knight

is such a popular target no one knew much about bob

knight

oh so he came from this military background and had been a member of the ohio state championship team indiana has had a tremendous history and tradition in basketball and the first on-site boys' championship in 1940 and then again in 1953 with Coach Knight coming to Indiana University and winning the championships he did win, but he set a precedent for India in basketball and set a standard that has been difficult to master. in 1965 Knight began his career as head coach at West Point for six years he compiled 102 wins as his cadets earned bids to the National Invitation Tournament and led the nation in defense three times the formula for success was, in a word , toughness took army basketball to levels it had never reached before and will never be again from discipline points. a Knight went to Indiana in 1971 and began employing measures more familiar to a training camp than a Big Ten College, gritty man-to-man defense became the foundation of the Hoosiers' game, which is why Bob Knight swept to everyone right away, they had a very tough team that they used to pick up on Jasper and cheer you on all the way.
top 5 reasons you can t blame bob knight for his outburts
At Martinsville in its fifth season, the military Knights had become the best team in the nation to have a national championship that went undefeated for a full season in two years. losing just one game is a tremendous achievement, but whose success blossoms into a larger-than-life personality, as complex as it is fuel, the Indianapolis Star posted a photo of Knight and in all his rage pulling poor Jimmy Westman out of the ground, it was perhaps first. actual example of the fact that there was this other side of his personality that wasn't so likable he's like a movie star whatever he does you know he magnifies himself Bobby Knight the Indiana basketball coach was involved in controversy again today over the coach night to us.
top 5 reasons you can t blame bob knight for his outburts

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The Penn American Games basketball team got into a fight with a local police officer. The '81 Final Four was the final four where he supposedly the night he threw the OSU fan into a dumpster. If it happens again tomorrow, tomorrow I will be wrong again. I think it's warped. the truth so much and in all these incidents that he probably thinks he's telling the truth when in fact he's not after he threw that chair it was like people were like hey he's gone far enough there's no doubt that Billy's trainer is clear. a 15-20 year streak Bobby Knight was the best professional or college basketball coach we've ever seen, how can you deny that, but also how can you deny that the guy is a complete asshole?
top 5 reasons you can t blame bob knight for his outburts
I think we've seen many examples of that. I do not. i think you can say the end justifies the means bringing the russians on you when the wall is still up and all and whoever makes a horse's ass out of himself in that game tonight got kicked out of the game refused to go but eventually said if he had to go, the Hoosier lineup would go with him. I think we might have to put the man away. He is going crazy. players it's all about him wanted to quit every year i played for him actually my junior coach i said why did you quit he kicked us out practicing all the time you know he won't give me 100% you would i don't come prepared one day sometimes i would say ok, you and your period today he is the most reprehensible teacher trainer of my generation there is nothing else to say other than he is a brute and he is also an arrogant pig. the kicking the choking those things are beyond discipline whether it's the sports information director or the TV announcer or the sportswriter covering the team I think he revels in the fact that he makes their lives hell I'll handle this from the way i want to handle it now that i'm here you get up to start now just sit there or walk away i don't give what you do and i look behind you i see negativity i see oppressive abusive behavior well jesus what you expect me to do?
top 5 reasons you can t blame bob knight for his outburts
I see the Authority gone berserk. I see the self-promotion because these incidents continue to pile up. The night people started going the other way and saying look why this always happens to him in 2000 after nearly three decades marked largely by the glory of victory and the night of volatility. he came under heavy criticism, including Snipes, from some of his players. Indianness praxis is a pretty secret thing, but now they're taking us inside. We can watch the videotape, you know, and see a coach walk up and grab a player by the throat. then I felt like some of the things he did were out of line you have no right to lay a hand on anyone you have no right I don't care who you are any coach who lays a hand on a player doesn't deserve it to be coaching Bobby Knight he was accused of grabbing a student's arm and scolding him on a charge he denies when he grabbed you you freaked out right away yeah i was the guy.
I notified him that he would be removed as basketball coach effective immediately. I just try to think that you know where he went wrong and try to put the

blame

somewhere, but there seemed to be nowhere to put it. This is hands down the most comfortable red sweater I've owned in six years. I can't tell you in 2001 after a year without coaching Knight. he resurfaced on the college hardwood this time in a historically more tolerant culture with his trigger-happy temperament. Jax's Tech basketball coach Bob Knight got into a verbal altercation with school chancellor David Smith on Monday who knows when the next explosion will happen and Texas Tech has brought it on themselves that's a utter nonsense, you know you've been people in the news, maybe you're all okay with some negative piece like that and I don't know how Steve feels about it. but it just annoys me and you don't have to say a word of this even if you just had the mute button on, you saw Bob Knight's frequent outbursts of anger before we give you our top five

reasons

why you can't blame .
Bob Knight, here are a few reasons why you didn't make the shortlist. We call them the best referees of the rest. I had been kicked out of a game once for going out on the court to check on an injured player here is a coach in a critical game kicked out of the game for following the rules of the game bob has the deepest knowledge of the rules and how they are applied should be applied some officials simply refuse to listen plain and simple another best of the rest Woody Hayes, Ohio State's passionate football coach, was in his prime when he played basketball for the Buckeyes that night, which he throws away his clipboard, would he hit a play? soccer? er Bob Knight throws a chair across the court.
I guess he could make an analogy: The Ohio State connection is one of them for the growth of Ohio. I always found him willing to listen. Ask him a question. He always had a very good response. very good relationship with Woody there absolutely a lot of life he would go over Woody's spring practices and watch Woody and sit in coaches meetings with me and what he liked about Bobby West Point his culture of discipline turned the night into a martinet the army The environment at West Point had a profound effect on him. If someone said jump, you said how high and then you jumped as high as you could. he was preparing his players to compete for the Academy.
He was much like preparing his students at the academy to go to war. West Point never left Bobby Knight, some of that is very cool, but because of the superiority that service academies can sometimes raise their graduates, you get another side where you really can't go wrong West Point Knights years he hardened him on anyone who rejected his authority. Half of these children have never heard the word know. car tonight well Jimmy doesn't have to be at ten o'clock why do I have to be at ten o'clock well the main reason Johnny has to be at ten o'clock is because damn I'm telling you to be there at ten o'clock it went out like a roman candle whatever i think i could probably understand that better than anyone i did the same you are a dictator this is not a democracy here you should be good at reason number five if you don't try this one for size reason number four straight nights of fear fiery tempers served to keep his players out of trouble and in good academic standing it also touched the students who attended his basketball coaching class on the first day of class i said i want you to write down the two best teachers that you have had now with those two teachers write down the two most demanding teachers the two who got the most out of you the two who were very afraid of not putting in the to screw up nothing the same two teachers most of the time so kids understand the benefits of suing people know their players are graduating he insisted they go to class he even has a list of teachers on campus one of his players to take classes because they think they are too easy. we go to class and we think this was cool we know 300 400 students per class we didn't meet some girls who take notes for us we are like that it's cool they call us in the office i mean she ripped us and ran too in fact she threw up a day next, you know, we made sure to go to class, he was with me because my verbal skills were bad and he expected me to read more, so he would make me go to his house and he. he would give me books and make me read to those people who t I thought he was doing the wrong thing.
I messed it up a bit because he was the one who made sure a kid spoke correctly. He was the one who made sure a child was prepared. When he left him, the boy didn't always like him. but i didn't always like what my best teacher said you me teaching PA basketball i was also teaching you how to handle life situations if you accept a system and accept the idea that i want you to be better than you want to be. Whether you succeed in winning games or when you come out to life, he wins by thriving at night.
Darkfire is a tactical and motivational genius who has won three NCAA Championships, eleven Big Ten titles, and four Coach of the Year Awards. It never occurs to me. Coach Knight I don't think about him knocking over a chair. I think of him winning. He's able to get more out of the talent that he has and it's not as good as some of the other top shows than any other position in the country. at your feet tell your feet to fuck your ass here the example is out for a year lands in lubbock texas in men's basketball they have had very little success at texas tech and all it does is start their thirteenth year and one is amazing is a winner when he puts the team in a breakout drill, he can stop a sequence step to make a standout point for his team and make them play faster than any coach I've ever seen, you gotta get into it and you gotta get your ass on in him I have to hit him he's not going to hit you and then turn around go down to the other end and know exactly what happened and make the exact right point on the other end spaced in attacking position in defense let's think there may not be been a person that could get the team to do exactly what he wants as much as Bob Knight here is a better idea of ​​what he is doing and most people think and that is what I think people like to keep e bewildered, he was great at keeping distracting attention on himself and off his player so all this pla So have we started to change our minds?
If not, take a look at reason number two. Indiana University, school, and all the hoops madness. nights nurtured by the state peccadillos the University and the people around it blame the herd without a doubt we see the same thing in politics today Department officials don't seem to really care about the whole thing, in fact they haven't even talked to Coach Knight, yes, and they say even when they do, no action will be taken against him. I used to refer to it as the Bloomington bunker because whenever there was an incident, there were people in Bloomington who would dive to get into that bunker. no malice a lot of people told him what he wanted to hear and i think his intimidating ways somehow maybe his close friend didn't tell him as much hey you have to change some aspects of your life in 1987 to keep it where it is After the national championship, the school offered him full controlof the basketball program.
Coach Knight had that provision in his contract. Sometimes he had the unlimited right to do things with regards to the men's basketball program. He was granted full control. it created an atmosphere where there were some people who could say hey bob back off this isn't right he had that incident he took neal riva put his hands around his throat now the interesting thing was when he first came out no don't stay at all that just shows and I think that's the main reason why this Neal Reed guy is coming out with these statements all those Blackies in Indiana just lined up and said it didn't happen it didn't happen it didn't happen Indiana University and the state of Indiana created a monster there's no doubt about that and they wouldn't have created it if it hadn't been so successful it's the old sports story we love the show in my entire adult life I've never used the expression game face Be a no idea what it means or what you're supposed to mean he's the type of person who walks into the arena and no matter what you do you have to remind yourself to stop looking at him and watch the game Bob Knight is á on fire, he's all the way down the baseline screen, let's face it, that's what makes him so fascinating, you know all this attention is focused on him because of these big changes and behavior.
The night is furious. It's one of the reasons a book about him was top of the bestseller list for weeks beyond the bestseller Nights Journey has spawned a made-for-TV movie, reality series, and action figures that have I'm worth commercial endorsements and supporting roles in feature films, but there's nothing quite as exciting as the night at a live press conference. take a gun with me if i ever shot a kid i think i'm scared to play for myself if i go out and say well that was a three guy shot last year i think bob knight has real fun of that too sometimes he's doing a parody here the absurdity you have a sink the tip and you wet it I get this you don't mind if I get ready for practice here as we speak do you think he has a little fun poking or twisting the media dig I remember he was just split in two, he would just be furious breaking into official and then as soon as you got back to the meeting you fully realized that it was all show, make great scenes and we criticize the like a movie critic goes to a bad movie and criticize.
I would give Bob Knight's career two thumbs up. In fact, he'd give his Tantrums two thumbs up because, let's face it, it's the fact that he has these meltdowns that makes him a legend. I think hypocrisy. it's that we as a society like to create our heroes to build them up just so you can tear them down you can't blame them for continuing their actions because we keep seeing what my time on earth is and my activities here our way once they bury me upside down and my critics can kiss my ass good there you go maybe we've adjusted your opinion maybe not but I hope I've made you think of Bob Knight in a slightly different light I'm Brian Kenny thanks for joining me the only criticism of Bob Night's part in the anger management is that we didn't get enough of Bob Night.
It was a great performance. I mean, who better to play Bob Night than Bobby Night, but there was one little piece that I wanted to see more of. one night

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