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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  • INUnivHoosier2

    “Whiskey game.”

    I believe they call that a Freudian slip or something like that.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Zora, hello. Didn’t he have an altercation that got physical at a restaurant, with the manager, in Bloomington or was it Indianapolis. I thought it was a Mexican food restaurant.

  • vicbert caladipo

    What a jerk! And I liar. You don’t like the fans. If you did you’d stop being an old bitter piece of garbage. What an evil person.

  • dan

    louisville they will do anything to win (hookers}

  • MorrisHoosier

    That just goes without saying. You can be one of the best in history and be a complete asshole at the same time

  • vicbert caladipo

    If I was a bird, I’d crap on that statue

  • Fifer39

    I think you’re getting a bit carried away now. Always tough replacing the most successful coach in a programs history. He was kind of the reason it became elite in the first place.

  • vicbert caladipo

    Were you my friend? I haven’t heard a peep out of you since you were forever. Now Forever, he was my friend.

  • I’m 23 and have more appreciation and understanding for him. I was never alive for a national title. Only 1 Final Four. Only 1 Elite Eight. Only his last few years. I was born after Cheaney graduated. People are just mad he won’t come back. Fans feel he somehow owes them when it is fans who owe him.

  • Fifer39

    The perfect comment on which to end this thread, though I doubt it will 🙂

  • vicbert caladipo

    You know what? This wouldn’t piss me off so much if he wasn’t such a liar. He loves the fans. That’s the biggest crock of crap I’ve ever heard from him. He doesn’t care about the fans and all of you are smart enough to know why without me explaining. He only cares about Bob Knight period.

  • Fifer39

    That’s ok though, I don’t think he owes us anything more.

  • Indiana_Banners

    Anyone can do that. It’s not impressive. You can say what you want too, you just have to be prepared to deal with the pushback. No one wants to control everything that people say or do. They just may choose not to associate or patronize or otherwise interact with people who say or do certain things. That’s not censorship or control or whatever else people complain about. You can be just like Knight and look how happy it has made him!

  • vicbert caladipo

    I for one could give a crap if he comes back. He’s only hurting his former players who are much bigger men than him who would love to celebrate their accomplishments with him. Doesn’t bother me one, only thing that bother me is he’s a liar.

  • Fifer39

    Very true. I’m not sure the longer it goes on and the more times he has to reiterate his stance, that the principle doesn’t begin to outweigh the actual grudge.

  • IdahoHoosier

    Bobby reminds me of your common warlord or dictator. Intriguing personality, gets a lot of things done (good or bad), lot of people respect him or hate him for it. But just because he did those things doesn’t mean he is a good guy. If he would have known when enough was enough, we’d all just enjoy his legacy and remember the “glory days”. But his ego is so huge, and he purports to have some moral high ground we all know to be hypocritical, that he can’t just clam up and let it go! I won’t take away from what he did, but there is no reason left to respect the man behind the success.

  • Jonathon D Brumley

    Before I didn’t care if he came back or not. Now I don’t want him to.

  • Fifer39

    The same single-minded stubbornness and refusal to compromise that makes him a cantankerous old git now is probably exactly what made him the most successful coach in our history then. Not sure he’d be getting the same criticism though had ITH been around in ’76, ’81, ’87…

  • vicbert caladipo

    I think this thread needs a lighter approach and a new direction. Is there anyone hotter than Molly McGrath?

  • vicbert caladipo

    Must be the eyebrows

  • INUnivHoosier2

    I know we aren’t playing whiskey because I like whiskey and I want IU to win.

  • powdereddonuts

    Most ignorant people do.

  • powdereddonuts

    Stay classy Bobby.

  • powdereddonuts

    I was there Bobby’s last 4 years. I wouldn’t call it a “winning culture”. Quite the opposite.

  • Piker

    It’s just unreal he is that hateful. Wishing people were dead and Yes some are….and his response is he hopes the other die. Guy has major issues. I am a 79 grad so I use to really like him. Not no more.

  • Gregory J. Haggard

    LMAO, I didn’t even notice, but it’s still fitting!

  • vicbert caladipo

    If I was Jesus, I wouldn’t want him.

  • TomJameson

    Look pc, I don’t know why you want to be the contrarian here, but my reply about the final straw was because you seemed to think I was focusing on one incident. I don’t know the level of your ignorance, so I thought I should explain with a little bit more detail.

    Accordingly, your comeback by trying to insult and demean my comment, does give me a better understanding of your “level”.

    To everybody who gives a crap about what I think, I believe RMK was at IU for about 5 years too long. He should have left on his own terms to avoid all the bad karma that’s been going on since the day he was fired. I won’t defend his ill-tempered, nasty, side. But he was also a very charitable person, and has a good side. Not defending him, but just don’t like all the piling on.

  • MikeinNC

    I was fired from a job 15 years ago. I thought it was my dream job, then I got a new boss who was an alcoholic jerk and a bully who terminated me with cause when I tried to prevent him from verbally abusing an employee. I was so angry and bitter for a good two years. What a waste of time it was. All I did was continue to give the jerk boss power over my mood and frame of mind. I learned I needed to let it go for my own happiness. I’m so glad I did, and I feel sorry for RMK that after all this time he cannot.

  • That’s my position as well, in the end. Holding on to those things can really eat away at a person. At some point, you need to move on. If the current IU administration is one that RMK can’t abide, then certainly he could find some other ways to engage the fan base that still supports him. That would be one way of moving on while not capitulating — assuming that’s what’s going on here.


    I think when one factors in all the other incidents where he became physical with someone or some player just because he was angered by something that they did or didn’t do or did or didn’t say, IMHO it definitely starts to define him. Then factor in that Felling had been his top assistant and had had his back countless number of times over many years and then Knight attacks a person that had shown that much loyalty for that long of a time. If those things don’t define the man then it certainly goes a long way in telling what kind of a person he truly was inside, either way not a way that I would want to be defined. I would venture to say that if you or I approached him and told him that we thought he would benefit greatly from an extended anger management course he would have, in a physical way, showed us how much he disagreed with us.

  • louie

    Hoosier Fans aren’t ignorant we know greatness when we experience it and Bobby Knight is the King of Basketball internationally !

  • louie

    Bob Knight holds nothing back, like many people who understand bureaucratic trampling on his character, he did not deserve to be fired at all. Bobby Knight was not in the wrong but wronged by the administration. Bob will tell them just like he told you never again will his name and character be tarnished by members of the league. Bobby Knight earned a reputation for being aggressive on the floor on the court but never in his personal life, but people will not stop pursuing him to instill fear and anger in reprisal. Bobby Knight is a legend and he is in his final days and deserves the respect that was due him on and off the court. Any time he was booted out of a game it is because he was right.

  • 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.