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On Bobby Knight...

A little off topic here...

GAINESVILLE -- Texas Tech coach Bobby Knight apparently retired on Monday. He has won more basketball games (902) than anyone else in Division I men's college basketball. A lot of people (journos) didn't like the guy.

I've never met the man and, to be honest, never thought twice about Knight until Monday night. Pretty sure I'm a fan now. People will criticize Knight for retiring during the middle of the season. Texas Tech is 12-8. People will criticize Knight for retiring after recently earning his 900th career win. Those people lack perspective. Knight wanted 900 career wins (can't fault him for that) but, more importantly, he wanted his son to take over for him. Texas Tech doesn't really have the option of hiring someone other than Pat Knight during the middle of the season.

Knight didn't want to make it about himself. He could have announced his retirement before the season. Some coaches do this. They go through their entire final seasons receiving gifts and applause from every arena on the schedule. Opponents cheer the coaches in appreciation. Reporters clap for the coaches in their final press conference. (Nothing wrong with this, of course, but could anyone image reporters clapping for Knight after his final press conference? Would this be an example of masochism? When it came to the media, Knight was a full-time jerk and part-time lunatic.)

Knight didn't want any attention. He has had enough of that over the years. He retired on the Monday after the Super Bowl and broke the news in the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. No press conference. No ESPN. No thank you. That's good stuff. That's how you give the world the finger. Two thumbs up for Knight. Doing it any other way would have ruined his image.

-jo-

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