AP: Knight undecided on Hall of Fame induction

Buried near the bottom of an Associated Press story about Bob Knight taking a jab at the NCAA (surprise, surprise) was confirmation that the former coach is still undecided on his plans for November 6:

Knight was fired at Indiana in 2000 after violating a zero-tolerance behavioral policy. He said Tuesday he hadn’t decided whether to attend his induction into the university’s athletics Hall of Fame on Nov. 6. He hasn’t returned to the school since his firing.

Undecided is certainly better than no, right? While it was once inconceivable that Knight would return, it seems like Indiana will do everything within reason to get him back to Bloomington. Whether it works, well, that’s anybody’s guess.

  • CraiginOR

    When I was a kid we didn't have much technology. We lived in a rural area on the northside of Indy and when IU season was beginning I remember my dad on the roof adjusting the antenne for channel 4, my mother dutifully watching the screen and me relaying the info. Then we had coach Knight, his tv show was a hoot and you could tell how much he loved the game and the University. He donated his adidas contract money, raised hundreds of thousands for the library and graduated some] young men with character. I hope Bob comes home because even when he was screwing up he was a great man.
    Today, we have another great coach and we all have Alex and the guys on the metaphoric roof of the house. I want to thank you all for all you have done to make us better fans, and share your love of IU basketball

  • douglassss

    Stay out of Bloomington, Bob. Please.

  • BigD

    Why would this info surprise anyone? You know he knows what he's going to do by now. But, he is still big on drama.
    I still say why does a school honor anyone that sues you?

  • JerryCT

    I talked to Pat Knight at Saratoga horse racing this summer and asked him about this. he said that they were not going to be discussing this in the press and that he hoped it would all work out for his dad to be there. I got the impression that dad wants to do this and perhaps Steve Downing was important to this decision.

    This adds no light to question but I got the feel he will be there and I think the fans will appreciate it.

  • Browner

    Hope Coach Knight comes back to the induction ceremony?? Join my Group on Facebook

    http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/group.php?gi

  • Phillip

    Why honor him? Well there are those 3 natty banners hanging in Assembly hall. There is the tradition and honor of IU basketball. There is Herman B. Wells library which he basically subsidized. But I guess you are right, these are all minor things and outweigh some small lawsuit.

  • oldhoosierman1000

    Why honor him?? Look at our BBall program now compared to where it was ( I do believe it is on it's way back under Coach Crean), look how in a short time after Coach was fired it fell apart, is it a coincidence that there were none of these problems when Coach Knight was here, I think not. He kept his players under control, did not cheat, he had a handle on all this because of the discipline instilled in his program. Sure, he had some great teams and players at times, but he could still have winning season's and instill fear in the opposition with far less talent than the teams we were facing. Say what you want about his demeanor, parents knew what their son was in for when they signed up, he was a tough man who turned boy's into men, taught them what the world was going to shove their way once college life was over. He is the master when it comes to strategy and always will be, a legend, that's why we honor him.

  • GFDave

    Reasons poster supports Bob Knight: blah, blah, blah (been said a million times before)
    Reasons poster does not support Bob Knight: blah, blah, blah (been said a million times before)

    I hope Knight comes just to put an end to the ceaseless arguments to which nothing new is being added. Unless Bob doesn't come…

  • http://insidethehall.com Ben_M

    Bob Knight should come back. I've been an IU fan from the get go and a Bob Knight fan just as long. Coach Knight did a lot for Indiana and the fans. I'm one of them. I don't care if you like him or not. If your an Indiana fan, you should be a fan of Bob Knight. He is Indiana. Look at what happened to IU after he left. It is just now starting to turn around. This guy had no loosing seasons as the coach for the Hoosier. He won most of the championship we brag about to this day. I didn't fire Bob Knight. The fans didn't fire Bob Knight. In fact, anyone who was involved with firing Bob Knight is probably not even around anymore or have gotten fired themselves. This is about bringing home our coach, not only to honor him but as a way of making things right with him. Coach Knight please come back and celebrate all of your accomplishments at Indiana with all of your fans.

  • GFDave

    I hope he comes back and participates in his earned induction.

  • Phillip

    Why honor him? Well there are those 3 natty banners hanging in Assembly hall. There is the tradition and honor of IU basketball. There is Herman B. Wells library which he basically subsidized. But I guess you are right, these are all minor things and outweigh some small lawsuit.

  • http://www.crimsonquarry.com/ JohnM

    In the time since IU fired Knight, Arkansas has fired Nolan Richardson, been sued with him, and honored him along with his 1994 NCAA champs. Also, Woody Hayes made nice with Ohio State after he was fired. Knight got fired. IU got sued. It's all water under the bridge, and honoring one of the greatest coaches in the history of the sport is a no-brainer.

  • oldhoosierman1000

    Why honor him?? Look at our BBall program now compared to where it was ( I do believe it is on it's way back under Coach Crean), look how in a short time after Coach was fired it fell apart, is it a coincidence that there were none of these problems when Coach Knight was here, I think not. He kept his players under control, did not cheat, he had a handle on all this because of the discipline instilled in his program. Sure, he had some great teams and players at times, but he could still have winning season's and instill fear in the opposition with far less talent than the teams we were facing. Say what you want about his demeanor, parents knew what their son was in for when they signed up, he was a tough man who turned boy's into men, taught them what the world was going to shove their way once college life was over. He is the master when it comes to strategy and always will be, a legend, that's why we honor him.

  • GFDave

    Reasons poster supports Bob Knight: blah, blah, blah (been said a million times before)
    Reasons poster does not support Bob Knight: blah, blah, blah (been said a million times before)

    I hope Knight comes just to put an end to the ceaseless arguments to which nothing new is being added. Unless Bob doesn't come…

  • http://insidethehall.com Ben_M

    Bob Knight should come back. I've been an IU fan from the get go and a Bob Knight fan just as long. Coach Knight did a lot for Indiana and the fans. I'm one of them. I don't care if you like him or not. If your an Indiana fan, you should be a fan of Bob Knight. He is Indiana. Look at what happened to IU after he left. It is just now starting to turn around. This guy had no loosing seasons as the coach for the Hoosier. He won most of the championship we brag about to this day. I didn't fire Bob Knight. The fans didn't fire Bob Knight. In fact, anyone who was involved with firing Bob Knight is probably not even around anymore or have gotten fired themselves. This is about bringing home our coach, not only to honor him but as a way of making things right with him. Coach Knight please come back and celebrate all of your accomplishments at Indiana with all of your fans.

  • GFDave

    I hope he comes back and participates in his earned induction.

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