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Report: Suspend Knight or IU Pays

March 5, 1998

CHICAGO (AP) _ The Big Ten has given Indiana the option of either placing Bob Knight on a one-game suspension or paying a $10,000 fine, according to media reports Wednesday.

The Herald-Times of Bloomington, Indianapolis television stations and ESPN college basketball specialist Dick Vitale all reported the details, citing unnamed sources.

Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany declined Wednesday to specify what action the league has taken against Knight for his comments about officiating during last week’s Indiana-Illinois game.

Indiana has three days to decide whether to appeal or accept the findings, meaning that Knight will be on the Indiana bench Thursday night when the Hoosiers begin the Big Ten Conference tournament.

The Herald-Times reported that the Big Ten cited Knight for violations of its sportsmanlike conduct code, which includes intentionally inciting participants or spectators to violent or abusive action and publicly and unduly criticizing a game official.

Knight called the officiating in Indiana’s loss to Illinois last week ``the greatest travesty″ he has ever seen as a college coach. He received three technical fouls and was ejected by referee Ted Valentine.

The Bloomington newspaper also reported that Valentine faces penalties but those won’t be administered until next season.

Knight was charged with three technical fouls by Valentine, two resulting in ejection. As Knight left the Assembly Hall floor following the third technical, he made a point of making one more pass in front of Valentine, who stood, hand on chin, at midcourt. Knight’s move drew a loud reaction from the Assembly Hall crowd.

If the university chooses suspension, conference officials said last week that the suspension would be served this season, meaning Knight would likely miss the first post-season game the Hoosiers may play next week.

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