Even eight years after his time in Bloomington abruptly ended, he is still as polarizing a figure as there is in Bloomington.
902 wins. The 1984 Olympic Gold Medal. Three NCAA titles, all here in Bloomington. He’s done it all. And not only that, he graduates his players and abides by NCAA regulations as well as any coach in the country.
But there’s the controversy. The chair throw. The allegations from former players and Puerto Rican policemen. The alleged “slapping” of one of his Texas Tech players, something I thought was blown a thousand times out of proportion.
For all of you out there, who I’m sure most are familiar with Knight’s career, where do you place him among the all-time great coaches?
At the very top? If not, then one spot behind the Wizard of Westwood, John Wooden? Ahead of names like Rupp, Smith and Kryzyzewski?