Bob Knight And University Put "Incident" Behind Them - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

2/3/04

Bob Knight And University Put "Incident" Behind Them

Texas Tech Men's Basketball Coach Bob Knight will be reprimanded, but not suspended. That's the word Tuesday night from the university, after a lunch-time incident Monday between Coach Knight and Texas Tech Chancellor David Smith.

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As expected, Coach Knight was on the bench for the Red Raiders' Big 12 match-up against Baylor. All day, rumors surfaced as to what would happen as a result of Monday's incident. Some reported that Knight would be suspended, others reported that Knight would resign, but Tuesday night we have the official word from Texas Tech that the "appropriate personnel action has been taken."

In a statement released from Athletic Director Gerald Myers said "This is a misunderstanding and has now been rectified. The matter has been resolved in the best interest of the university."

Also included in the release, a statement from Coach Knight, saying "I regret that the situation turned out the way it did. I look forward to finishing the season in a strong fashion, and I am glad the situation is behind me so that I can return to the business of coaching."

Finally the statement issued by Tech Chancellor Dr. David Smith, "I applaud the efforts of President Jon Whitmore and Athletic Director Gerald Myers in resolving this issue. We look forward to the continuation of what is already a successful season."

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The so-called "incident" occurred Tuesday at the United Market Street salad bar. There was a private conversation between Knight and Smith that soon escalated into a yelling match. So basically, two very public people were involved in a very public scene in a very public place. What led to it?

Knight did not take questions about the incident at the news conference following the game. He did give a four minute account of things. According to the university now the issue is resolved.

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