How will you remember the General?

knight2123.jpgI had planned to handicap the Big Ten race in this space as we approach the halfway point of the conference season, but that changed with the retirement of Bobby Knight last night. Rest assured, I’ll have that for you Wednesday.

No matter how you feel about Knight, there’s no denying his importance to Indiana’s program. His retirement is newsworthy not only to Indiana fans, but to all fans of college basketball. His three national championships and 902 career wins put him right in the middle of the discussion for the greatest coach of all-time.

For all of his greatness on the sidelines, Knight also had more than his fair share of his behavior problems that ultimately led to his demise in Bloomington. He threw a chair onto a court during a game, head butted a player, choked a player and went on countless profanity laced rants. And that’s a short list of his rap sheet. He was the definition of a bully and for a long time, there was no one willing to stand up to him.

So that brings us to the most compelling question and a chance for reflection for you, ITH’ers. How will you remember Robert Montgomery Knight? Will you remember the great basketball mind or will you remember the man with a short fuse? What’s your favorite Knight moment? Was there a particular Knight moment that made you cringe? Your answers to all of these questions and any additional thoughts in the comments, por favor.

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  • Hoosier4Life

    What are your feelings about Kelvin Sampson and the negative attention, disgrace and ridicule that he is bringing to the university via his NCAA recruiting violations?

  • Hoosier4Life

    What are your feelings about Kelvin Sampson and the negative attention, disgrace and ridicule that he is bringing to the university via his NCAA recruiting violations?

  • jd

    How do you know he wasn't an asshole? Did you interview all of his players and everyone who ever knew him?

  • jd

    How do you know he wasn't an asshole? Did you interview all of his players and everyone who ever knew him?

  • TomP

    You must have had a coach/adult chew your ass early in life and now, you are all bitter about it. Just relax and let all the hate go.

  • TomP

    You must have had a coach/adult chew your ass early in life and now, you are all bitter about it. Just relax and let all the hate go.

  • Frank

    I don't understand all of you posters who have so much hate for a man that you never really knew. Life is too short…let go of all the hate.

  • Frank

    I don't understand all of you posters who have so much hate for a man that you never really knew. Life is too short…let go of all the hate.

  • Frank

    An article by Pat Forde? Are you kidding me? I guess you didn't realize the Coach Knight and Pat Forde did not get along very well during Pat's time at the Louisville Courier Journal, so yes, Pat Forde has an axe to grind with Coach Knight. I'm sure Lou Henson would also have “great” things to say about Coach Knight.

  • Frank

    An article by Pat Forde? Are you kidding me? I guess you didn't realize the Coach Knight and Pat Forde did not get along very well during Pat's time at the Louisville Courier Journal, so yes, Pat Forde has an axe to grind with Coach Knight. I'm sure Lou Henson would also have “great” things to say about Coach Knight.

  • Ryan_Btown

    I'll remember him as an asshole in the press…a stubborn old man who held grudges…A stubborn man who won't say “when I was at Indiana,” and instead says, “when I was in the midwest.”

    But I'll also remember him as a Hall of Fame coach, a friend to almost every player that played for him, a friend to many of the coaches around the league, a guy who recruited fairly, graduated players, and basically built the library that I study in.

    But most of all, I'll remember him as the guy who when my mother sent a letter and a card for him to sign for my 10th birthday, returned it, signed, in less than a week.

  • Ryan_Btown

    I'll remember him as an asshole in the press…a stubborn old man who held grudges…A stubborn man who won't say “when I was at Indiana,” and instead says, “when I was in the midwest.”

    But I'll also remember him as a Hall of Fame coach, a friend to almost every player that played for him, a friend to many of the coaches around the league, a guy who recruited fairly, graduated players, and basically built the library that I study in.

    But most of all, I'll remember him as the guy who when my mother sent a letter and a card for him to sign for my 10th birthday, returned it, signed, in less than a week.

  • Hoosier_Hound

    I said I would have fired him over six months ago.

  • Hoosier_Hound

    I said I would have fired him over six months ago.

  • Hoosier_Hound

    I said I would have fired him over six months ago.

  • Phil

    You know what hurts the value of my degree even more then bob?

    Idiots like you.

    Sigh…..

  • Phil

    You know what hurts the value of my degree even more then bob?

    Idiots like you.

    Sigh…..

  • Phil

    You know what hurts the value of my degree even more then bob?

    Idiots like you.

    Sigh…..

  • tom

    or perhaps the fact that you don't know when to use “then” and “than”

  • tom

    or perhaps the fact that you don't know when to use “then” and “than”

  • tom

    or perhaps the fact that you don't know when to use “then” and “than”

  • WCZ

    What if Kelvin Sampson does get canned at the end of this season? Imagine Assembly Hall next fall: “My God! That's Bob Knight's music!”

  • WCZ

    What if Kelvin Sampson does get canned at the end of this season? Imagine Assembly Hall next fall: “My God! That's Bob Knight's music!”

  • Hoosier4Life

    I guess we're supposed to view every article to find where you said that. Hopefully, your buddy, Clifford, reaches down and eats you, so we don't have to read of your stupid posts anymore.

  • Hoosier4Life

    I guess we're supposed to view every article to find where you said that. Hopefully, your buddy, Clifford, reaches down and eats you, so we don't have to read of your stupid posts anymore.

  • Hoosier4Life

    I guess we're supposed to view every article to find where you said that. Hopefully, your buddy, Clifford, reaches down and eats you, so we don't have to read of your stupid posts anymore.

  • WCZ

    What if Kelvin Sampson does get canned at the end of this season? Imagine Assembly Hall next fall: “My God! That's Bob Knight's music!”

  • Hoosier4Life

    I guess we're supposed to view every article to find where you said that. Hopefully, your buddy, Clifford, reaches down and eats you, so we don't have to read of your stupid posts anymore.

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