Forgiveness ain’t part of Bob Knight’s DNA.
As far as turning the other cheek, are you kidding?
If there was any doubt, consider what the former Indiana coach unleashed on the Dan Patrick Show on Friday while promoting a Showtime documentary on the Hoosiers’ 1976 national title team.
Knight ripped into his former IU bosses, saying at one point that, “I hope they’re all dead.”
The man who fired Knight, former Indiana president Myles Brand, died of pancreatic cancer in 2009. Another ex-Hoosier official, Christopher Simpson, also died.
“I know some of them are (dead),” Patrick said.
“I hope the rest of them go,” Knight said.
Brand fired Knight in September of 2000 for violating his zero tolerance agreement. Brand had put Knight on notice for a series of transgressions that included allegations of choking a player, Neil Reed, in the late 1990s.
Since then, there has been a near complete turnover in IU leadership, both in the athletic department and in the university as a whole. Athletic director Fred Glass has made numerous overtures to Knight to return, including celebrations of IU powerhouse teams from 1975 and ’76,
Knight ignored them.
As far as ever returning to IU, Knight told Patrick that, in essence, no way.
“I think that I’ve always really enjoyed the fans,” Knight told Patrick. “I always will. On my dying day, I’ll 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. With that in mind, I have no interest in ever going back to that university.”
Knight, who won three national championships at IU during a 29-year run there, will return to Bloomington on March 30. He’ll speak at an event at Bloomington North High School.