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Brand postpones State of University address

Brand postpones State of University address\nPresident Myles Brand announced Monday he is postponing his State of the University address, previously scheduled for 2:30 today.\nIn an e-mail to University Faculty Council members, Brand wrote that because of the "controversy and unrest on the Bloomington campus" about the recent decision to fire men's coach Bob Knight, the speech would be postponed until further notice.\n"Don't get me wrong ' I am not subordinating our academic mission to the Coach Knight controversy," Brand wrote in the e-mail. "To the contrary, I don't want the academic message of my annual speech to get lost in the current debate about athletics."\nIn place of the State of the University address, Brand will discuss the state of the arts and humanities at IU and across the nation. \nLast June Bob Knight said he would no longer be teaching A362: Coaching of Basketball through the School of Health, Physical Education and Recreation. Following his removal as men's basketball coach, Knight, athletics director Clarence Doninger and HPER Dean Tony A. Mobley will have to discuss whether Knight will teach again, said Harold Morris, chairman of kinesiology.\n"Coach Knight, in his original contract 29 years ago, agreed to give at least eight of the class lectures and has always done that. Because of the zero-tolerance policy this year, he had decided to focus all his attention on basketball," Morris said.\nKnight's salary came exclusively from athletics, Morris said. When he taught the class, he did so on a volunteer basis and for free.\n"His credentials and experience are noted as being at the level of professor, but he did not enter the University at the tenure line," Morris said. \nIUPD concludes Knight investigation\nIU Police Department concluded its investigation into the incident involving Kent Harvey and Bob Knight Monday.\nEight people were interviewed in connection with the incident and available physical evidence was documented, said James Kennedy, assistant vice president for administration and a former Bloomington police chief.\n"Our findings showed there was an exchange between Coach Knight and a student," Kennedy said. "There was no dispute that Coach Knight had physical contact with the young man. What is in dispute is the severity. In this regard, accounts varied."\nIUPD Lt. Jerry Minger confirmed that there were marks on the arm, that the marks were as they appeared in the pictures and that they were as Mark Shaw, Harvey's stepfather, described.\nShaw said Knight grabbed his stepson above his right elbow and "yanked him around."\nKnight denies harming Harvey.\nHarvey decided not to press charges, but sought an apology from Knight.\n"Upon review of this information and because of the alleged victim's expressed desire not to go forward with this case, the interest of justice would not be served by any further action," Kennedy said.

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