A columnist at a rival newspaper suggested Monday that Illinois would be "silly" not to consider the possibility of replacing Bruce Weber with the suddenly unemployed Bob Knight.
Well, call me silly.
I have no interest in letting Bob Knight come anywhere near my beloved alma mater, let alone coach a major sport. For years, I have criticized Knight's boorish behavior, and I would be quite the hypocrite to advocate on his behalf at this point.
Knight's antics have been well publicized: Throwing chairs, berating refs and media, choking and kicking players, telling women to "sit back and enjoy it" when "rape is inevitable," the list goes on and on.
Indiana fans are relentless supporters of Knight. He is a godlike figure in the state of Indiana, which led me to dub his apologists as "The Red Sweater Cult." I truly believe that Knight could murder someone, and his Hoosier defenders would still say, "Sure, he murdered someone. But remember, he graduated his players."
This much is true. Knight graduated his players. He ran a clean program and won a lot more games than he lost too. But former Illinois coach Lou Henson said it best when he described Knight as a "bully." He's a bully and a buffoon. He's bad for college basketball, and I'm glad he resigned from Texas Tech.
And you know what? It is possible to graduate players, run a clean program, win and be a decent human being all at the same time. Bob Knight did three of those four things during his coaching career. But he failed miserably at that fourth thing. For that reason, no university should ever hire him again.