Public Outburst: Why it Matters - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

2/2/04

Public Outburst: Why it Matters

Why are incidents like these involving Bob Knight newsworthy? Well, many felt that Knight's checkered past would not follow him to Lubbock, now that doesn't seem to be the case.

Over his 32 years of coaching, the success of Bob Knight as a basketball coach is unmatched. 825 wins, three national titles, and an Olympic gold medal. But even with that success, controversy has surrounded Knight; from chair throwing to head-butting players to going as far as even choking a player during a practice while at Indiana University. An I.U. investigation also turned up other incidents, including assaults by Knight on an assistant coach and a team spokesman.

These incidents at I.U. sparked then University President Miles Brand to issue a zero-tolerance policy with Coach Knight in 2000. Knight didn't make it through the year. On September 7th, 2000, Knight allegedly grabbed an I.U. freshman's arm and sternly lectured him on campus. Knight denied the incident got that heated, but that was the last straw for brand. Just three days later, Knight was fired.

Less than year later, Texas Tech gave knight a second chance.

"This is the most comfortable red sweater I've had on in years," said Coach Knight at the press conference announcing the Tech coaching position.

Knight vowed his days of controversy were behind him. It seemed that way for the first two years, but this year, the fireworks started back up. That held up until six weeks ago during an ESPN interview with analyst Fran Fraschilla. Now, Monday’s incident, with of all people, the Chancellor of Texas Tech, Dr. David Smith.

There are no behavior-related clauses in Bob Knight's current contract, other than the standard requirements of all Tech employees. Tech policy states:

"Cause for termination includes failure to perform duties, actions that are detrimental to the university, and any violation of university, Big 12 or NCAA rules."

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