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wayne1218
02-02-2004, 11:43 PM
LUBBOCK, Texas -- Texas Tech coach Bob Knight got into a verbal spat with the university chancellor, David Smith, at a grocery store Monday, prompting a review by school officials.

One eyewitness told the Lubbock Avalance-Journal that Knight raised his voice to Smith after the chancellor approached him at a salad bar to compliment the coach on his recent good behavior.

The witness told the paper that Knight flew into a rage and accused Smith of being a liar, saying that there had been nothing wrong with his demeanor this year.
Smith turned to leave the area, the Avalanche-Journal reported, but Knight followed. The chancellor then told Knight that he deserved more respect than Knight was showing him, according to the Avalanche-Journal.

The newspaper reports that no physical contact took place before Knight left the establishment after the confrontation, got in his car and pulled into traffic. According to the Avalanche-Journal, Knight stopped his car then and briefly got out before getting back in and driving away.

"This is obviously an issue that is internal to the university," School spokeswoman Sally Logue Post told The Associated Press. "Right now the athletic director and the president's office at the university are looking into the incident. We'll wait to hear more in the next few days about their review."

When asked if school officials were talking about firing Knight, Post told the Dallas Morning News: "Not to my knowledge. I haven't been privy to the discussions."

Top Tech administrators were meeting late Monday to discuss the issue, Post told the Morning News.

Gerald Myers, the university's athletic director who was instrumental in bringing Knight to Tech in 2001 after he was fired at Indiana, witnessed the encounter. Myers had accompanied Knight to the store, according to the Avalanche-Journal.

The men were getting food around lunchtime at Market Street, an upscale grocery store about two miles from the university, said Dan Sanders, chief marketing officer for United Supermarkets, which owns the store where the incident occurred.

"Apparently, there was some sort of disagreement," Sanders said. "It took place very quickly."

Neither Myers nor sports information director Randy Farley immediately returned telephone messages Monday night.

While still at Indiana in March 2000, Knight was investigated by the university after former player Neil Reed said the coach choked him at a practice in 1997.

In May 2000, Knight was fined $30,000, suspended for three games and placed under a "zero-tolerance behavior policy.

In early September 2000, Knight was accused of grabbing a student by the arm, cursing and lecturing him about manners after the coach was addressed "Hey, Knight, what's up?"

Knight was soon fired from Indiana for violating the behavior policy. Indiana's president Myles Brand, now president of the NCAA, fired him for what Brand called a "pattern of unacceptable behavior."

Just over a month ago, Knight went into a profanity-filled tirade after an ESPN reporter asked about his relationship with former player Steve Alford, who was also participating in the interview. He later apologized for the incident.

Texas Tech is 4-2 in the Big 12 Conference this season. The No. 19 Red Raiders had been unbeaten in the league until last week, when they lost to Texas and Oklahoma State. Tech takes on Baylor Tuesday at the United Spirit Arena.

Lucky Leo
02-02-2004, 11:47 PM
I heard something about it. I can't believe it. He never learns. But everything gets blown out of proportion cause it is him though.

wass21
02-03-2004, 02:01 PM
bottom line, the man is a hell of a coach. think about it, how horrible was texas tech in the years before knight and look at them now. he got screwd from the ncaa last year but will get in with ease this year. people just want to start trouble with him. i would hire knight in a minute and furthermore i would love to have my said play basketball for a coach like him. he teaches dicipline and the importance of playing as a team. a student athlete that spends 4 years in his program is prepared for life, period!!!!

Homer
02-03-2004, 02:03 PM
Originally posted by wass21
bottom line, the man is a hell of a coach. think about it, how horrible was texas tech in the years before knight and look at them now. he got screwd from the ncaa last year but will get in with ease this year. people just want to start trouble with him. i would hire knight in a minute and furthermore i would love to have my said play basketball for a coach like him. he teaches dicipline and the importance of playing as a team. a student athlete that spends 4 years in his program is prepared for life, period!!!!

Well said and right on the money ;)

wass21
02-03-2004, 02:12 PM
thanks homer.

Purple Kangaroo
02-03-2004, 02:57 PM
Reports state Knight will not be with the team tonight as they play Baylor.

BettorsChat
02-03-2004, 08:52 PM
Knight is an excellent coach as theirs no doubt about that. However, theres no doubt that he has a temper too. Texas Tech would go down hill if they decided to get rid of him though.