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A record 902 victories, and Bob Knight is only going to be remembered for one thing. Full Story
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Bert

Denver, CO

#1 Feb 6, 2008
Actually Mike, when I saw the questioned posed (Who is the biggest sports jerk?)- the first name I thought of was YOURS. An arrogant do nothing, going no-where columnist in a mid size market, who gets it wrong most of the time and criticizes anything outside your narrow belief system and probably failed High School PE class.

If you were any student of history, you would know that most people that leave a mark on the world were controversial. It goes with the territory.
Honorable Man

Orlando, FL

#2 Feb 6, 2008
You don't know Coach Knight. All his players like him. On NCAA violations. And the best, he spoke the truth and tols stupid sports writers what they reallt are; failures for they have no busines sence. Anyone could be a sports writer if they feel insecure and don't have any ambious. Want a low paying job than be a sports write.
Rich

Orlando, FL

#4 Feb 6, 2008
ALL of the reports from family, friends, former coaches, and players say Bob Knight treats them with respect and love. It is the media, prima donna basketball players, and "pc" college personnel that he treated "poorly".
Coach Knight was a right and wrong type of guy who believed in working hard and playing by the rules. I bet if he was nicer to the media (instead of treating the idiotic questions asked of with scorn) he would be considered "colorful" instead of a bully.
rich

AOL

#6 Feb 6, 2008
typical reporters TALK BUT CANT WALK
BobbyT

Kissimmee, FL

#7 Feb 6, 2008
I find the Bobby Knight defenders very interesting, and almost sad. They are quick to point to his good traits, while white washing the many examples of times when he has been unable (or unwilling) to control his emotions and treat people with any hint of dignity.

He expects loyalty, respect and commitment from the people around him, but often chooses not to show those same traits himself.

His coaching ability, commitment to the players who were committed to him and adherence to NCAA rules are commendable, but not a license to allow him to throw chairs, curse officials and be a jerk to anyone who didn't bow down to him.

In my opinion he ranks with Barry Bonds, Terrell Owens, Bill Parcells (one Bianchi forgot) and Pete Rose as among the most egotistical and self-serving sports figures of the last 20 years.
DPack

Davenport, FL

#8 Feb 6, 2008
How many articles will true sports fans have to endure from overinflated, egotistic, self centered "sports" columnists that don't have a clue to the real story except for the innuendo that appears on the surface. All the columnists who have aligned to "roast" Coach Knight for his misgivings, yes he is human and has them, unlike those annoited to give their opinion evidently, have without question only viewed Coach from a distance at best. His impact on the lives of not only players but students throughout the years through "unreported" philanthropic achievements have done more for the game and people close to him than any column you might ever hope to write. The proof to Coach Knight's "disdain" for the sports reporters is apparent even in the reading of some third string writers who have never coached on a prime time stage and the only way into the event is through the courtesy of the coach and team playing that makes it newsworthy. While Coach Knight has made errors in judgement along the way his impression on the game of basketball will last a long time after any current armchair quarterback after the fact sportswriter lays down your last article. Best of luck Coach, the game is worse off today than it was just a few days ago.
KEvin M

Chesterfield, MO

#9 Feb 6, 2008
You know it is amazing that a person can be as rotten a human being as Knight and still have defenders. I guess winning basketball games is the equivalent of making Italy's trains run on time. It's a good thing Knight chose sports. If he had been a lawyer he would have been disbarred and jailed for contempt for his professional conduct.
Jim

Chicago, IL

#10 Feb 6, 2008
Is Bob Knight a jerk, yes. Has he made mistakes, yes. Has his distain for the media and his stubborness added to the love/hate attitude people have about him, yes.
Even though he'll never admit it publiclly, does Bob Knight regret some of the things he's done, probably yes.
Bob Knight is old school - when coaches were also teachers. Back when you did what your teachers told you to do. For years people have been railing against prima donna athletes, saying that it's the system's fault. Bob Knight didn't allow for prima donnas on his squads and you knew the rules. I think the temper tantrums made him look like a jerk and laying hands on students (whether they be in a classroom, on the court or in practices) is dead wrong. But for all his faults, I think Bob Knight was still trying to teach his kids to follow the rules or face the consiquences --even though he got away with more than anyone else. So when we praise the next coach for their great demeaner and how much the sportswriters love them - let's also bring up the things that Bob Knight believed in - talk about their NCAA violations and graduation rates

“Florida Cracker”

Since: Feb 08

West Volusia

#11 Feb 6, 2008
Pros and cons on this subject. I think you who love to hate Mike would disagree with him if he said the sun is shining at noon. You'd say it is dark. Bob Knight is a jerk. Good coach yes, however, he should have been diciplined to say the least like Woody Hayes was when he pulled his stunt at the Gator Bowl years ago. I believe Knight was a disgrace to the profession and not what one would consider a role model for kids. I think Mike did a good job....

“Florida Cracker”

Since: Feb 08

West Volusia

#12 Feb 6, 2008
Honorable Man wrote:
You don't know Coach Knight. All his players like him. On NCAA violations. And the best, he spoke the truth and tols stupid sports writers what they reallt are; failures for they have no busines sence. Anyone could be a sports writer if they feel insecure and don't have any ambious. Want a low paying job than be a sports write.
With all due respect. What do you do for a living? Surely nothing that requires spelling and writing.
Lighten up....Mike does a good job. May not always agree with everyone, but he writes a good column.
Not Born at Night

Orlando, FL

#13 Feb 6, 2008
Bert wrote:
Actually Mike, when I saw the questioned posed (Who is the biggest sports jerk?)- the first name I thought of was YOURS. An arrogant do nothing, going no-where columnist in a mid size market, who gets it wrong most of the time and criticizes anything outside your narrow belief system and probably failed High School PE class.
If you were any student of history, you would know that most people that leave a mark on the world were controversial. It goes with the territory.
Amen!! That was my first thought...disappointed that you were not a candidate, Mike. You don't give yourself enough credit. Stopped reading you years ago in Jacksonville. friend brought this column to my attantion.
YOU are the BIGGEST JERK on sports, that I know of..........Oh wait, I forgot...you ARE NOT in sports...you just write about it.
VirginiaGator

AOL

#14 Feb 6, 2008
Unlike many of you, I have actually met Coach Knight several times. I was a young man, selling sporting goods in Bloomington, Indiana. Coach Knight was an avid fisherman who frequented our store. I never once heard him say a cross word to anyone and there were plenty of people who wanted a piece of his time. In those days he probably could have been elected governor of the state had he chosen to run.
Years later, it always puzzled me when I would read of some bizarre outburst,as it just didn't fit the image I had of him. In the end, I figure he isn't that different than a lot of people in that what we see is just a part of the whole person. He was a great coach and perhaps a not-so-great person. Whether he deserves such a hatchet job by Bianchi is another question.
rocket

Okeechobee, FL

#15 Feb 6, 2008
If Bobby Knight is remembered that way it is because jackasses like you paint that image. If the good times outweigh the bad then try writing about the good. Unfortunately, the media need the bad news to sell their product.
BobbyT

Kissimmee, FL

#16 Feb 6, 2008
Jim wrote:
Is Bob Knight a jerk, yes. Has he made mistakes, yes. Has his distain for the media and his stubborness added to the love/hate attitude people have about him, yes.
Even though he'll never admit it publiclly, does Bob Knight regret some of the things he's done, probably yes.
Bob Knight is old school - when coaches were also teachers. Back when you did what your teachers told you to do. For years people have been railing against prima donna athletes, saying that it's the system's fault. Bob Knight didn't allow for prima donnas on his squads and you knew the rules. I think the temper tantrums made him look like a jerk and laying hands on students (whether they be in a classroom, on the court or in practices) is dead wrong. But for all his faults, I think Bob Knight was still trying to teach his kids to follow the rules or face the consiquences --even though he got away with more than anyone else. So when we praise the next coach for their great demeaner and how much the sportswriters love them - let's also bring up the things that Bob Knight believed in - talk about their NCAA violations and graduation rates
Jim,

I don't know if you are really in Chicago or actually in Central Florida as those IDs sometimes can be misleading, but I wanted to share with you about a coach who is here in Orlando who epitomizes all the good things you described about Coach Knight, only without the "jerk" element.

Tom Klusman has been a very successful Division II coach at Rollins College for 27 years. He recently won his 500th game at a school that does not give special treatment in admissions to athletes and that is traditionally ranked as one of the top academic private schools in the South.

Tom Klusman is a true teacher, mentor and role model for his players. In 27 years, all but three of his players have graduated and many are successful professionals. In fact, this past semester, his team had a 3.0 GPA while ranked in the top 10 in Division II.

Tom is also very well respected in his community and runs a wonderful summer basketball camp for young kids. He also is as friendly a guy as you will ever meet and always has time for anyone. He is one of those guys who you will swear you have known forever, even if you just met him.

I know winning 500 games at DII doesn't compare with the winning record that Coach Knight produced, but Tom is a great illustration that you can be a role model to student-athletes and the community without being a jerk.

Unfortunately, that is a lesson that Bobby Knight never learned.
Smartest Guy in the Room

Ormond Beach, FL

#17 Feb 6, 2008
Knight was a pimple on the butt of college athletics. Although, on further reflection, that statement may be unfair to pimples.
The Truth

Louisville, KY

#18 Feb 6, 2008
Quit biching at Mike. He nailed it on Knight. GFR to Bob Knight, the insufferable dkhed. I just hope his retirement plans don't call for more hunting trips, he doesn't have many friends left he hasn't shot. Oh, wait a minute! Is that Bob Knight saying that this may not be a retirement, that he may consider other coaching opportunities in the future? Hmmmmm... I wonder what the REAL story behind the story is.
Tigergator

Ocala, FL

#19 Feb 6, 2008
He won basketball games. OK? Big contribution to society. Who cares if he stays or goes? Throwing chairs in games, choking or hitting a player....yup, a good role model.
Pete

Mercer Island, WA

#20 Feb 7, 2008
Life is based on civility?

I thought it was based on carbon...

Anyway, if there's anything worse than a bully, it's the clown who piles on after someone is down or gone. The one may be a brute, but the other is a coward and a vulture.

So congrats, Mikey. You were able to live off the decaying bones of a better man for one last meal. Now onto the next roadkill dinner.
Eddie

Pharr, TX

#21 Feb 7, 2008
Can't agree more with Bianchi.
Wow

Wildwood, FL

#22 Feb 7, 2008
3 National championships says it all.

Knight has class and knows how to get it done.

I'm a fan and always will be.

Congrats on a great career.

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