Good Afternoon, Good Evening, And Good Knight
Posted by Matt on February 5, 2008
Condo broke this news story to me via text message nearly immediately and it was one of those stories where the timing somewhat caught be off guard but, in the long run, the decision did not. When I first heard that Coach Bobby Knight had resigned from the Texas Tech Red Raiders effective immediately, I was absolutely shocked. Twelve hours and/or beers later and the decision makes more sense than I thought it would.
Truth be told, on camera it looked as if Knight was laboring, wasn’t having a good time, and was seemingly sticking around just long enough to see 900 wins. If he’d had enough, then I can’t necessarily insult him for leaving on his terms and when he references the lack of home attendance during his speech after #900, you could almost feel that his heart wasn’t in it anymore.
However, the big, obvious question is what will be his legacy? Some would say a coach that was so focused on “loyalty” ended his career by leaving his team high-and-dry in the middle of the season after recently signing a three-year contract extensive a la Bobby Petrino — a coach who was raked over the coals for his recent resignation — while others will tell you Bob Knight was the greatest fundamental basketball coach of all time; that no one could coach man-to-man defense better.
Regardless of your thoughts, two things about Bobby Knight are for certain: he was damn good at what he did but he did it in a manner that was increasingly politically incorrect. I, for one, have a lot of respect for the man and asinine or not, his press conference sound bytes still leave me in stitches to this day. It is no secret around here that I am currently plugging away at John Feinstein’s A Season on the Brink when graduate school allows me to and it is only enhancing my fascination with The General.
Good, bad, or indifferent, everybody has an opinion about Coach Knight. Will he be remembered as one of the greatest coaches to ever patrol the sidelines? Or will he be remembered for this:
Only time will tell.
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