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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  • calbert40 – AC000000

    No, but his opinions are.

  • ArghSonOfOhCrap

    Amen brother… I would much rather ague basketball.

  • IUMIKE1

    Well put, and with citing only a portion of those kind of examples that are out there.

  • kennygeorge

    thought this was a basketball commentary on knight. please ease off on the political context. ths

  • Arch Puddington

    No rancor between us! I do feel strongly about this, though, and as I said, not just because of his attitude towards IU.

  • mharv2631

    With comments like he just made is probably the reason.

  • INUnivHoosier2

    They certainly seem to have our number this year.

  • ArghSonOfOhCrap

    Good point! That worked for me at the 76 reunion.

  • pcantidote

    I’d much rather get 3 game swept by MU than PU. I’d really just love to have to worry about that problem.

  • ArghSonOfOhCrap

    Your correct but as fans we wish he did and that is why it is painful and why a lot of us believe he has become a grumpy old man.

  • Michael Bender

    Disgusting IS APPROPRIATE….

  • calbert40 – AC000000

    What? That makes no sense at all. He was an embarrassment for all of his lousy off-court issue. Back then, he reflected poorly on IU. Now, he just reflects poorly on himself.

  • pbhuff

    My point is that you are projecting on him what you wish him to be.

    He’s proven many times over that all the talk of integrity and respect was merely for show and he is personally the antithesis to those things

  • IUMIKE1

    I can agree with you in that respect when it comes to the Bobster. I can’t stand Fox news and believe that they were the original fake news people, but I listen to them some simply because I like to hear all sides before making up my mind as to where I stand on certain things and why I do, doesn’t mean I agree with anything they say simply because I listen.

  • INUnivHoosier2

    1. Sorry to hear about that job situation.
    2. I don’t think Knight was fired for absolutely no good reason. By many accounts, he was quite a bully in the program, and he acted in very inappropriate ways (not just with players). Without the success, he would have been pushed out a long, long time before that. He was the guy that got away with murder because he was making the company money, so to speak.
    3. All the people who ran him out are gone or dead (and almost universally disliked).
    4. People and players are coming out in droves to ask him to just come back and bury the hatchet.
    5. People literally rioted when he was fired. I’m sure you were very well-liked at your old job (you seem like a nice guy on the internet, anyways), but I doubt you got riots when you were wrongfully dismissed.

  • Arch Puddington

    I am a nearly lifelong resident of Bloomington, and these are my experiences as well. I met him more than once, and I am close to people who worked with him. The stories are numerous and consistent. He was a bully in the classic sense, someone who used his power to humiliate and intimidate those less powerful than him.

  • INUnivHoosier2

    To be fair, nobody likes Cousin Ron.

  • ArghSonOfOhCrap

    I think he has he is simply irrelevant and to bitter to be taken seriously anymore.

  • Who cares? The University never acknowledges what HE did. The media never does. Naming the court after McCracken is a joke and beyond disrespectful to Knight. He’s the reason Indiana is even considered a Blue Blood program. He is the only reason Indiana has “tradition.”

  • pbhuff

    Knight needs to come to realization that the only reason that he has a legacy and reputation (outside just wins, titles, and basketball acumen) as a tough, no nonsense leader is that the administration gave him a veil of respectability by continually ignoring his BS.

  • No, there were no riots when I was fired, but there were complaints. 🙂

    There’s so much misinformation and uncertainty about all of the things behind RMK’s firing that it’s difficult to suss out if it was ultimately appropriate. Miles Brand had an agenda, and firing RMK fit that agenda, and lo and behold, not long after that he was heading up the NCAA. I know politics well enough to understand that RMK’s firing was convenient for some people, and that makes me question the reasons.

    There’s no point in rehashing it all, though. I was simply saying that his attitude today isn’t so hard for me to understand, as much as I wish he’d realize that the administration he hates so much is no longer there.

  • Truth.

  • ArghSonOfOhCrap

    CRAP…. I hate to agree with you on this one! But your absolutely right.

    I really want IU to win the tournament so I can throw a little sand in the eyes of my PurDont friends.

  • Right. I commented elsewhere that his endorsement of Trump was the last straw for me (and I disliked Clinton just as much, so not trying to get political here).

  • ArghSonOfOhCrap

    Minny is playing MSU really well right now… Not backing down at all.

  • INUnivHoosier2

    I agree on not rehashing it. I just see your situation as more likely one with which I could empathize than his.

  • KingofKentucky

    Well this was certainly a distraction.

  • INUnivHoosier2

    Who cares?

    A lot of people, it would seem.

    And naming the court after an Indiana native, Hall of Fame player, two-time National Champion coach, and originator of the “Hurryin’ Hoosiers” is no joke.

  • Arch Puddington

    This is what I don’t understand about his ongoing support. The body of evidence about the way he treated others, including his players, is so extensive that you have to ignore decades of consistent behavior in order to maintain the canard that he was a good man. He was not only a serial bully who abused people weaker than him, he is a total hypocrite who has made a mockery of his blather about integrity, character, “doing things the right way”, etc.

  • iubase

    You missed my point. You correctly point out what I term anger mgmt issues. The integrity I am referring to is the respect he engenders from his players, he made sure his players attended class and worked hard ( I was in class with Scott may and Wilkerson), his kindness to random vets in an airport, his honesty, humor, and how he effected the game. He recruited good kids, no issues with players, and worked with them and supported them after they left. I could go on. Just saying that the good outweighs the bad. Ask his players

  • iubase

    The zero tolerance policy was the trap and this kid set it knowingly or not

  • INUnivHoosier2

    The quotes in the story were clearly words of a man with incredible integrity.

  • INUnivHoosier2

    I feel bad for him, honestly.

    He’s got people standing there with open arms, and he’s so angry at someone else that he won’t accept their love.

  • Well, I appreciate that, certainly.

  • I was just thinking EXACTLY the same thing.

  • Ain’t that the truth. By far the worst game was the loss there. I’d love to see some revenge.

  • iubase

    He could’ve use some counseling on how to manage his anger. Agree there. But that does not define the man

  • iubase

    Exactly. Brand had a big ego. He hated knight. Some may be familiar with how intellectuals effectively destroy careers. Welcome to the world of academia

  • iubase

    Different era. Don’t think millennial would flourish under knight My point was that the administration could have treated him better than they did. Ask his players what they thought of him. Quinn Buckner the 76 team and even isiah. Look at his coaching tree. Also his team – the yr after he left did well.

  • Yeah, “rise above” is probably the wrong term. Maybe, “got past” would be better. Really, I do wonder at who he’s upset at — is there really anybody left at the university who’s responsible for how he was fired? Or is he punishing a bunch of innocent people unnecessarily? That’s my question, and I really don’t have an answer for it.

  • IdahoHoosier

    In Bob’s case it kind of does define him. It didn’t have to, but he let it. He continues to hold onto anger and let it define him and others’ opinions of him.

  • iubase

    Thanks. Appreciate that. My catcher played as fullback. I’ll keep it at that

  • Gregory J. Haggard

    There is absolutely nothing more that need be added to your post, spot on!

  • dwdkc

    zzzzzzzzzzzzz

  • Gregory J. Haggard

    Well, you had to know that this article would get these kind of responses.
    Fact is, it’s all irrelevant, it’s in the past.
    I admire many things Coach Knight was able to achieve, and detest many things that he did.
    I wish it weren’t so but this is the way he wants it.
    I’m, okay with that…………..now, on to the Whiskey game.

  • IdahoHoosier

    No one would care or blame Knight for not endorsing IU. The issue people take with him is speaking and acting negatively toward IU (and by association if not directly, toward his fans and former players). Being indifferent would be fine, but Knight seeks to actively hurt IU.
    I was thrown by your last comment about IU being unrecognizable to you now. Was that related to the rest of your post?

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Arch, did you watch the Joe Lunardi did interview about Indiana during the halftime of the Michigan game?

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Nice.

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    What a bad era it was for our school when Brand was president. I still can’t believe it happened but it did.Just awful and it made me realize how great our alumni are to correct the situation.

  • inadvertentelbows_stillhurt

    Knight is part of the reason the elite status has worn off the program, His hatred made it impossible to get better coaches (Davis,Sampson) because IU & Knight connected coaches and better coaches didn’t want to upset the “Legend” and turned down interviews rallying around Knight…. leading to the IU program to fall off the table.