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Thursday, 22 March, 2001, 16:37 GMT
Knight moves to Texas
University of Indiana coach Bobby Knight
Knight issues instructions in his forthright style
BBC Sport Online's American sports reporter Kevin Asseo looks back at the career of the infamous Bobby Knight, soon to be the new head basketball coach at Texas Tech.

Bobby Knight, probably the most controversial figure in US college basketball over the past three decades, has found a new place to coach.

It is widely reported that Knight will be announced as the new head basketball coach at Texas Tech University at a news conference on Friday.

For the past 29 years, Knight was the head coach at Indiana University, where he enjoyed great success, winning three National Championships and over 700 games, a staggering figure.


He tries to intimidate everybody - his entire life is based on intimidation
  Lou Henson
Ex-University of Illinois coach
Much more famous than his impressive stats, however, were his explosive outbursts directed at players, referees, reporters, school administrators, or anyone else who got in his way.

Those oft-displayed moments of public rage placed Knight in a precarious position at Indiana, and after repeated warnings from his employers to control himself, he was finally sacked last September after a physical confrontation with a student.

There are two words that you will most often hear used to describe Bobby Knight - genius and bully. Which one is used depends on who is doing the talking.

He garnered unwavering loyalty from Indiana basketball fans and hostility from just about everyone else.

"He's a classic bully, I'll tell you," said former Illinois coach Lou Henson, a long-time Knight rival.

"He tries to intimidate everybody. His entire life is based on intimidation."

Bobby Knight is chaired off the court at the LA Olympics
Knight coached the gold medal winning US team at the '84 Olympics
Indeed, Knight's coaching style was based largely on intimidation, and he made no apologies for it.

In a public address at Indiana University several years ago, Knight said, "When my time on earth is done and my activities here are past, I want them to bury me upside down, so my critics can kiss my ass."

And there is certainly no shortage of Bobby Knight critics, thanks to his history of insensitive remarks and temperamental behaviour.

He once told a television interviewer, "If rape is inevitable, relax and enjoy it," drawing the ire of multiple women's organisations.

For all his boorish acts at Indiana, perhaps nothing drew more criticism than Knight's tendency to physically abuse his own players.

He was caught on videotape during a training session in 1997 briefly choking guard Neil Reed, who subsequently transferred from Indiana.

During a game in 1994, Knight head-butted Sherron Wilkerson as he sat on the bench (Knight, typically, claimed it was unintentional).


When my time on earth is done I want them to bury me upside down, so my critics can kiss my ass
  Bobby Knight
Even his own son, Pat, who played at Indiana from 1992-1995, could not escape his father's anger.

As Pat sat on the bench during a 1993 game, Knight walked by and kicked him rather forcefully on the leg. Knight later said he was only trying to kick his son's chair.

Through it all, there was no questioning his success on the court. And though his antics finally got him sacked, his victory total was impressive enough to get him another job.

A petition has been circulating among faculty members at Texas Tech objecting to Knight's pattern of behaviour and protesting his hiring.

At last count, about 85 of the Texas Tech staff had signed it.

It seems, however, that the university is desperate enough for a winning basketball program that it will overlook Knight's past transgressions and make him their new head coach.

As signs all around the Texas Tech campus have declared this week, "Knight time is coming".

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