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Bob Knight prepares for ESPN’s halftime show at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday. Chris Howell | Herald-Times
ESPN tried to give Bob Knight an out. At halftime of last night’s Indiana-Pitt game, with Bob Knight seated next to John Saunders and Digger Phelps, the proposed topic was the first game, between Butler and Georgetown. But Knight said he wanted to talk about the second game and then said, “Indiana has really dominated the inside.” Phelps tried to bring it back to Georgetown, and Knight took it back to IU, citing how the Hoosiers were getting to the free throw line as a reason for their success.
Chris Korman and I were shocked. So were many of the live chat participants. What was your reaction? Does this mean Knight is slowly warming to Indiana, and that maybe his reason for not attending the Hall of Fame ceremony was legitimate, and not just a convenient excuse? Or is this just Knight jabbing ESPN for assuming he wouldn’t want to talk about something happening right in front of him? Or was it something else?
The Indiana bench erupts with emotion after a 3-pointer gave the Hoosiers a 17-point lead. Chris Howell | Herald-Times
An overhead view of Madison Square Garden, where Indiana will play Pitt at 9 p.m. tonight. Associated Press
Akron coach Caleb Porter is preparing for his eighth College Cup. His Zips, the undefeated No. 1 team in the country, are the only non-ACC team to qualify for men’s soccer’s Final Four, which takes place this weekend in Cary, N.C. Akron plays North Carolina, which eliminated Indiana in the third round of the tournament, Friday.
Besides being an Indiana alum and former assistant — two of his College Cup trips came as a player, one as an undergraduate assistant and four as a full-time assistant under both Jerry Yeagley and Mike Freitag — Porter is of particular interest to Indiana fans now because Freitag must be replaced.
As Porter told the Akron Beacon-Journal last week, though, he has no particular interest in coming back to his alma mater.
“When I left Indiana, I said that my goal was to take what I had learned there and use it to build my own legacy somewhere else,” he said Monday afternoon. “That’s what I’m doing, and what I intend to continue to do.”
Indiana’s athletic department has reached out to the Akron athletic department and was told that Porter would not be available for a conversation until after the College Cup. While Porter said he was “humbled” to be a candidate, he also said he would tell Indiana the same thing he told me.
Porter does have a thought on who should be the next coach: his former teammate and roommate and fellow assistant, current Wisconsin coach Todd Yeagley.
“I’ve always felt the ideal successor is Todd Yeagley,” he said. “He grew up around the program. It’s in his blood. No one will work harder to get it back to winning championships.”
Indiana has added Chase Hoobler, a 6-foot-3, 225-pound middle linebacker from Orrville (Ohio) High School, the home of Bobby Knight. Hoobler initially committed to Akron but de-committed, according to a newspaper report, after Akron’s recruiting coordinator resigned. The Zips are now looking to replace coach J.D. Brookhart, who was fired after the season. Hoobler was also considering Central Michigan among other schools.
More details to come.
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