Bob Knight: “I have no interest in ever going back to that university”

  • 03/10/2017 11:02 am in

If you’re still holding out hope that Bob Knight will return to Assembly Hall one day, the Hall of Fame coach squashed that idea for good on Friday morning.

In an interview with Dan Patrick to promote Showtime’s “Perfect in ’76” documentary, Patrick asked Knight about the possibility of him ever returning to Indiana and Assembly Hall.

Here’s the full transcript of the exchange with Patrick with video:

Patrick: Why do we want you to go back to Assembly Hall so bad? I know that might not be on your wishlist or front burner here, but why do we, the fans, want closure with this, coach?

Knight: I think that I’ve always really enjoyed the fans and I always will. You know, on my dying day, I will think about how great the fans at Indiana were. As far as the hierarchy at Indiana University at that time, I have absolutely no respect whatsoever for those people. And that in mind, I have no interest in ever going back to that university.

Patrick: Aren’t all of those people out of there, coach?

Knight: I hope they’re all dead.

Patrick: Well I know some of them are.

Knight: Well I hope the rest of them go.

Patrick: Yeah, I’d like to still see you on that court with that ’76 team or Isiah’s team, I don’t know. We want closure, maybe you don’t need the closure, I don’t know. But I still hope for it one day.

Knight: Well, hope rides eternal.

Perfect in ’76 debuts tonight at 9 p.m. ET on Showtime.

(Photo credit: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images North America)

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  • James Murtaugh

    As a 45 year Bob Knight fan, an avid fan, I have no respect for this human garbage whatsoever. I explained everything away for many decades, but one has to arrive at the final conclusion, he’s a waste of human life.

  • ScoopGeoff

    Riiiiight…. but unfortunately Crean is not a quality enough coach to get over the hump. He’s had teams with multiple McDonald’s All-Americans, team with multiple lottery picks, and teams with multiple 1000-point scorers, but his lack of basketball IQ rubs off on them in the end, and they break down when talent alone can’t get them over the hump. Crean teams play extremely inconsistent defense, consistently turn the ball over, and generally fail when forced to execute any set kind of offense – either in the half court or OOB plays.

    He will not get over the hump, and even if he did, you’ll never shut up the Knight loyalists… He won 3… and coached some of the most disciplined basketball in the history of the sport.