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INDIANAPOLIS — Bob Knight, the winningest coach in Division I history, left the door ajar to a return to coaching college basketball during a wide-ranging television interview broadcast Wednesday night.
“I got nothing else to do. It would just depend on the circumstances,” the former Army, Indiana and Texas Tech coach told host Mickey Maurer on “Mickey’s Corner” on Indianapolis public TV station WFYI.
Knight, well-known for his crusty demeanor, peppered his answers with language that brought on several bleeps, but overall was laid-back during the hourlong interview taped Sept. 10, eight years to the day the Hall of Fame coach was fired from Indiana, which he led to three national championships in his 29 years there.
The interview didn’t cover any of his replacements at Indiana or the current state of the program that is still reeling from former coach Kelvin Sampson’s high-profile phone-call scandal and awaiting word on possible penalties from the NCAA.
When asked generally about recruiting and cheating in the NCAA, however, the 67-year-old Knight didn’t mince words.
“In college basketball, if you get caught cheating, they should shoot you because you’re too dumb to be alive,” he said.
Most of the interview, however, was a trip down memory lane as Knight reminisced about the titles his teams won at Indiana. He said he tried to recruit players who were smart, because “in winning, the mental is to the physical as four is to one.”
Knight, who resigned from Texas Tech last Feb. 4 and turned the program over to his son, Pat, said he wasn’t overly concerned about his image that included many temper outbursts.
“I simply tried to do what I thought was right,” he said. “I never really particularly cared about what other people thought except those I knew knew what they were talking about.”
Knight, who finished 902 victories, worked as a studio analyst for ESPN leading up to and during the NCAA tournament last season.
Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.