Bob Knight rips IU, John Wooden

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Famed college basketball coach Bob Knight will appear with Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump at a Trump rally on April 27 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Here’s a closer look at Knight’s dramatic career.
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The incident that led to Bob Knight’s firing at Indiana University was … well, it’s not printable here.

The former Hoosiers coach also doesn’t care much for another Indiana coaching legend, John Wooden.

On an upcoming edition of “Undeniable” with Joe Buck, Knight says he has no use for the IU administration when he was fired following his run-in with a student in 2000. The student addressed him with “Hey, Knight,” which Knight considered disrespectful.

“That kid made a dumb mistake,” Knight said of the incident. “I went over to that kid and I did a lot more for the son of a (expletive) than his parents ever did for him. And I went over there and I said ‘Son, let me tell you something, you don’t address adults like that under any circumstances.’ And that’s why I have no use for Indiana University, because they used that as a reason to get me out of there, and that’s absolute (expletive).”

Knight recently declined to be depicted in a statue in front of Assembly Hall.

As for Wooden — the Martinsville native and Purdue player who won the most NCAA championships while at UCLA — Knight didn’t like the way the Bruins program recruited. Sam Gilbert’s recruiting tactics have long been considered shady.

“I’ve never been a Wooden fan,” Knight started.

“I have a lot of respect for Wooden as a coach, how he coached, he was a good coach, but from then on, and I don’t mind saying it, I don’t respect Wooden, because he allowed Sam Gilbert to do whatever it took to recruit kids. And one time he told me, he said, ‘I just didn’t know how to deal with Sam Gilbert.’ And I’m saying to myself, ‘I damn sure could have dealt with him.’ Personally, I liked John, as a person, but it isn’t just John, it’s a whole UCLA approach to recruiting. I think John was called in and told he didn’t have to worry about recruiting, that they had people that would take care of that for him. And that’s coming from people who really know the circumstances.”

 

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