It seems like there are few sports fans that frequent this board, but maybe this one'll bring 'em outta the woodwork.
I'm not going to say that everything that Bob Knight did was right; clearly, he did some bad stuff, like throwing the chair onto the court or kicking the balls, or whatever other unsportsmanlike things he did during games. However, if anyone has ever played sports, a coach's wrath is something that is part of a game: it makes you better, and teaches you a number of things:
- To grow a thicker skin
- to be able to glean constructive criticism from an emotional person
- not to be intimidated by a loud person
This decision to fire the coach reeks of a man who's never played a game in his life (the school president) pandering to the weak-kneed minority of people who found Bob Knight unattractive and unglamourous. It stinks of people who couldn't hack it, and smells of people who were looking for some attention. It just plain sucks.
I'm not going to stand here and pretend Knight's a saint. However, he's a guy that has taught scores of maturing boys to be young men. It is sad to see the day where tough love is construed to be abuse. It should be noted that, in a day of players being paid off on a regular basis and entire teams being suspended and programs put on probation, Indiana University has never had an NCAA investigation, and Bob Knight, for whatever reason, graduated his players. I think the telling point was the emotion and defiance his current players showed after the decision. If this is an abusive man, then he's scared the living bejesus out of his current players, because they seemed to be a pretty united front.
I truly wish the people who want to make everything smooth and easy the best of luck. They are quietly ruining everything for the rest of us.