INDIANAPOLIS – If you are anxiously awaiting the day that Robert Montgomery Knight returns to Assembly Hall and Indiana University to be honored, stop. It’s never going to happen.
Knight has constantly spurred the university’s invite to come and be honored at any game he pleases and still, people think he will some day get over it. He wasn’t there for the 1981 team celebration. He was absent for the 1976 undefeated team celebration. He was absent for any invite he’s ever been given. Even worse, he’s never even responded.
Today, on the Dan Patrick Show, Knight was talking about the upcoming Showtime documentary that will air tonight about that 32-0 undefeated 1976 season. But, when Patrick asked coach Knight on if he will ever return to Bloomington and be honored, he quickly shut down any possibility of that ever happening.
“Well, I think I’ve always really enjoyed the fans, I always will,” Knight said on the morning radio show. “On my dying day, I will think about how great the fans at Indiana were. And as far as the hierarchy at Indiana University at that time, I have absolutely no respect whatsoever for those people. With that in mind, I have no interest in ever going back to that university.”
Patrick, then followed up asking coach Knight, “Aren’t those people all out of there coach?”
Knight responded with even more hatred on why we shouldn’t expect him back, “I hope they’re all dead.”
Some indeed have passed and Patrick let him know that saying, “Some of them are…”
“Well, I hope the rest of them go.”
After those statements, do you really think he will ever come back to IU? If you do, there’s no helping you. It’s not happening.
Knight, won 662 of his 902 college basketball wins at Indiana with winning the national championship three times. He also coached 11 Big 10 championship teams and will forever go down as one of the best college basketball coaches ever.
But, when he was fired in 2000, that severed any times with him and the university. 17 years later, he’s not coming back. If he’s still bitter after all that administration that let him go is gone, he will never let it go.