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What They’re Saying About Knight

September 11, 2000

``In the end, Bob Knight’s attitude was just no longer tolerable.″ _ Ray Richardson, Indiana trustee.

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``Finally, the trustees are biting the bullet on this and putting the good of the institution ahead of a basketball coach. And to me that seems totally appropriate.″ _ Murray Sperber, Indiana English professor, a critic of Knight.

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``I ... am personally saddened by this outcome and the chain of events that led to it. Nonetheless, I am confident that IU’s action today is in the best interest of the university, and I fully support its decision.″ _ Indiana Gov. Frank O’Bannon.

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``His legacy will be more about his temper than it was his success as a teacher and that’s unfortunate. I’ve always had great respect for Bobby. He’s a great teacher, but his methods I disagree with. He’s more of a dictator-type.″ _ Former UCLA coach John Wooden.

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_ ``It’s awfully hard to live under the guidelines that the university gave him. I’m not really sure that I could live by those guidelines.″ _ Indiana basketball player Tom Geyer.

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``They didn’t have much of a choice. It’s tough to see. You want to see all great men go out on top. Coach Knight wasn’t given a fair chance in this.″ _ Indiana player Jared Jeffries, last year’s Mr. Indiana Basketball.

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``I idolize Bob Knight. He loves us and we love him.″ _ Dan Fife, Indiana basketball player.

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``In this latest situation, I smell a rat. Isn’t it ironic that the kid’s dad is a lawyer who has been ripping Bob for five years.″ _ Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo.

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``I believe Indiana University as an institution caved in to pressure from the outside world, specifically the media, instead of doing what’s best for the IU community.″ _ Andrea Osman, a Bloomington resident holding a university flag.

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``I was born in the state of Indiana, I’ve lived here all my life, and I don’t ever want to be anywhere else. But today I’m ashamed to call myself a Hoosier.″ _ Indiana senior James Turner.

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``I think it’s terrible for Purdue fans. Now the rivalry is dead.″ _ Kelley Oberlander of Lafayette, Ind.

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``As a former student-athlete at Indiana and former player for Coach Knight, it saddens me to see one of the greatest eras of college basketball end this way. ... I have always seen Indiana University and coach Knight as one in the same.″ _ Iowa coach Steve Alford, a former Indiana player.