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Fans should keep supporting team

Bob Knight -- less than a god, but more than a man, right? I don't know exactly why, but for some reason, with all of his antics during the years, I should have lost my respect for him and agree with his termination as coach. \nYet, I can't. Maybe I have been put under the trance that so many accusers of Knight say this University was suffering from. Either way, I was upset. But that is not my point.\n The real horror was the so-called student riots -- many students trying to "show their support" for 'the General.' Yeah … sure. I watched the news and was disgusted with my school ' students leaping to get on camera to show the world that they loved being followers, they loved being obnoxious and they loved being disruptive. Parts of our campus were temporarily destroyed because students couldn't take their emotions and put them to good use. \nThey claim to be fans … but fans of what? I can't believe the numerous quotes from students threatening to leave IU because Bob Knight isn't going to be coach anymore. Some fans simply say, "Purdue just gained another fan …" What in the world? Do we love IU basketball? Do we love our players and our traditions? Yes, Bobby Knight helped to make this school legendary and helped create the style of playing that many adore. The program is still here. It will move on, and hopefully it will grow.\nI don't know many people who love IU basketball more than I do, and of course, it will be different without Bobby Knight. What would be better ' thousands of fans turning away in bitterness from IU basketball, or thousands of fans rallying together to support it? After seeing students race to President Myles Brand's house, Assembly Hall and Showalter Fountain to see if they could be part of the action, I wonder … will those same people race to the ticket office to support the team that needs it more than ever? I hope so. \nThis is one IU fan who is not bailing out.

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