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He's gone, but he's still newsworthyPosted Monday, December 3, 2007, at 7:52 AM
So, former Indiana University coach Bob Knight made the news again last week.
And, once again, it had nothing to do with his coaching abilities.
And that's unfortunate.
Knight was accused of spraying bullets near two different Texas homes while hunting with a friend.
One woman -- who initially said Knight had shot his weapon too close to her home -- eventually recanted and -- for lack of a better term -- said she didn't have a problem with it.
However, the other person involved in the situation apparently did have a problem with it.
A man videotaped an encounter with Knight (oops, maybe I should call him Coach or perhaps Mr.) where he explained to the NCAA's all-time wins leader that he was shooting his weapon too close to his home.
The man asked Knight to leave the area. Repeatedly.
And you could tell Knight was getting hot under the collar.
Lubbock, Texas, resident James Simpson told Knight to move way from his home while dove hunting.
The result was classic Knight. A verbal confrontation.
The video, which is nearly nine minutes in length, was shot Oct. 21, 2007. In it, Simpson says, "I asked you nicely to move down. You're too close to my house."
As the conversation became more heated, Knight later said, "You didn't ask us to move down. You swore and cussed ... you were swearing and cussing and yelling. I don't need that. If you ask us politely, I'll be glad to do it."
In the last two months, two people have come forward saying Knight or a hunting companion have hit them with birdshot, although neither person was injured and no criminal charges were filed.
However, Simpson had his own ammo.
Before the confrontation, Simpson said he had yelled to Knight and his partner to stop shooting so close to his home.
According to news reports, Simpson said he walked away and two shots were fired in the air.
This is just another situation that people can add to the ever-growing list on the "Bob Knight timeline."
A timeline that no one should be proud of.
There was the incident in Puerto Rico in 1979, where Knight was charged and later convicted in absentia for hitting a policeman before practice while coaching the Pan American team.
There was the chair tossing incident in 1985, when Knight erupted in a game against Purdue, tossed a chair across the floor.
There was the NBC interview with Connie Chung in 1988 when Knight said that "if rape is inevitable, relax and enjoy it." He later said he was talking about something beyond one's control, and not the actual act of rape.
There was the incident in 2000 when Knight was investigated by IU officials after former player Neil Reed said the coach had choked him during a practice in 1997.
Later that year, Knight was placed on a "zero-tolerance" policy by then-IU president Myles Brand, and on Sept. 7, 2000, he was accused of grabbing a student by the arm after the student said, "Hey Knight, what's up?"
Three days after the incident, Knight was fired by the university.
There have been other incidents since Knight took over the coaching position at Texas Tech as well.
It's a shame really. Knight should go down in basketball history as one of the best coaches to ever walk the sidelines.
But, these incidents will follow him, and, although they may not haunt him, they will be there. Analysts and critics alike will always discuss them when talking about Knight.
Unfortunately, he is turning into a mockery. The Woody Hayes of college basketball.
Most wins ever or not, I think former Illinois coach Lou Henson was right when he called Knight "a classic bully."