Shocker from Knight

There are 9 comments on the Baltimore Sun story from Feb 5, 2008, titled Shocker from Knight. In it, Baltimore Sun reports that:

Bob Knight, who became the winningest coach in Division I men's college basketball long after he became one of college sports' most controversial figures, resigned suddenly yesterday, effectively ending one of ...

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Southern MD Joe

AOL

#1 Feb 5, 2008
Ok,so he was good at what he did.But belittling some one,degrading some one.Well if would have been my kid.I would have kicked his A--.he's not bigger than any sport
Good Knight
Mark

Pasadena, MD

#2 Feb 5, 2008
Don,
Very sloppy reporting, especially about Knight and Krzyzewski's relationship. The way you write it, it appears that Knight and Krzyzewski basically stopped talking after the 1992 final four. It should be pointed out the Bob Knight inducted Krzyzewski into the basketball Hall of Fame 3 or 4 years ago.
victor francis

Baltimore, MD

#3 Feb 5, 2008
He "stopped having fun"? When did he ever have fun coaching? Good riddance to a man who represents all that's wrong with sports and this country.
chris

Hagerstown, MD

#4 Feb 5, 2008
Say what you will about Knight, but he always ran a clean program and his kids graduated and respected him.
Billy

Rocky Mount, NC

#5 Feb 5, 2008
Bobby Knight should not have been allowed to choose the end of his career. He should have been banished from college basketball years ago. He is a pitiful example of what sportsmanship is and what young athletes should aspire to be. I say good bye, may the memories of his outrageous career be soon forgotten.
Old Boy Scout

Lumberton, NC

#6 Feb 5, 2008
No doubt about it...we are never going to agree about Knight's reign. It would take a large book to record all the ugly things he did (even hitting another big-time coach in the back of the head, which he claimed was a friendly swat, and may have been). Bob Knight is us, the worst (especially) and the best (sometimes) of us, magnified. And we (a big percentage) must have loved it as entertainment or we would have canned him long ago. My biggest criticism is that he had virtually no insight into how bad he could be at times, always rationalizing, like a kid who broke a lamp and blamed it on the dog. In other words, this talented and hard working man never really grew up, and we all lose thereby. Too bad. Very sad.
jjames

Abingdon, MD

#7 Feb 5, 2008
Knight leaves a very mixed legacy. He was a coach who won games and championships who got the most out of his players. He had an excellent graduation rate and really stressed academics.
But.....He was a bully, an intimidator, had a temper problem, threw chairs, punched police officers, choked players and berated and ridiculed fans, reporters and players alike, fought with his bosses and picked on people. Almost a real whacko, you might think. He lasted at IU for so long because the President and AD were afraid to fire him because he was so successful. Now you can add quitter to his resume. Got his 900 victories and will quit on the team and university. Knight deserves the attitude from people of "good riddance" from those who revile him. He made his own bed.
But... before you vilify him too much read this article on Rick Majerus who is probably even worse (not that it justifies Bobby Knight's behavior problems)
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2008/basketb...
P SAL

Saint Petersburg, FL

#8 Feb 5, 2008
With Bob Knight you need to take the bitter with the sweet!! I hope he has a great retirement.
B Mas

Ridgeville, SC

#9 Feb 5, 2008
Those who would condemn Coach Knight are those who turn their attention from what has happened to this country since Bob Knight began coaching. Certainly, he refused to "change with the times". And what part of our society is better now than it was 50 yrs. ago? His players had to work hard, win, play by his rules and graduate. It's easy to criticize any leader, especially if you're a follower (of the changing times). He won over and over with mediocre teams because he was the "leader". He used tactics that bordered on "crazy" because he was fiercely competitive. If you are not always trying to win, then you can't possibly understand.

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