Bobby Knight Essay

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Bobby Knight

In the San Juan heat of 1984, coaching legend Bobby Knight became infamous for his assault on a Puerto Rican security guard over a practice time during the Olympic preliminaries (Biography 2). Headlines of one of the most famous college basketball coaches of all time haven’t come to an end since. The veteran coach from the state of Ohio has since thrown a chair across a gym floor, been video taped choking a player, and assaulted school employees and fellow students on the campus of Indiana. He has been in heated arguments with anyone from school presidents to the media after heart breaking losses. Scrutiny and controversy have followed Bobby Knight ever since he brought his disciplined style of basketball to the scene
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He asks the question, “How much more garbage will college basketball take from this person” (Watts 1)? I will not argue with Watts that Bobby Knight practices poor behavior from time to time. The choking of a player and assaulting of individuals has no place in society, never the less college athletics. Watts feels that a permanent timeout and firing is the answer to end the negative image portrayed by coach Knight. He feels Knight needs to be removed from his coaching duties and denied the excuses that have been given to him for countless years: “He is just a competitive driven individual.” This clique has been the support and back bone for Bobby Knight for many years.

In comparison to Knight, Watts feels that Dennis Rodman and Mike Tyson are in similar categories. “Mike Tyson bites off an opponent’s ear…and we call him a “manic-depressive”. “Dennis Rodman acts like Dennis Rodman and we call him “a nut” (Watts 1). These comparisons may have similar references in a way, but we need to look at Bobby Knight with the positives that he has brought to the game of college basketball. Sure he may be the “King of the rude and crude” as said in the comical comment by Watts (Watts 1). Or maybe he will continue to create off court problems. But before anyone wants to look to oust a coaching icon, people should look to the positives. Although Watts and other various critics feel Bobby Knight should be released of his duties in college

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