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Knight To Coach in Big 10 Tourney

March 4, 1998

CHICAGO (AP) _ Bob Knight will be allowed to coach Indiana in the first Big Ten tournament despite a recent tirade against an official.

Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany said Wednesday that the league has made a decision on what to do about Knight’s critical comments, but it won’t be made public until the university has a chance to respond.

That means Knight can coach the Hoosiers in the tournament, which begins Thursday at the United Center in Chicago. Indiana plays Ohio State in the opening round.

``The conference has advised Indiana of its position,″ Delany said. ``They have three days to evaluate it and decide whether they want to accept it or go another direction.″

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.

Indiana officials declined to comment on the matter Wednesday.

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