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Relieved of duty: IDS’ coverage of Bob Knight’s firing 20 years ago


Bob Knight walks into Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall during halftime of the IU Purdue game on Feb. 8, 2020. Friday marks the twenty year anniversary of Knight being fired as IU men's basketball head coach. Anna Tiplick

Twenty years have passed since IU fired Bob Knight, the famed basketball coach, for violating the athletic department’s “zero-tolerance” policy.

IU implemented the “zero-tolerance policy” after Knight was caught on film grabbing former player Neil Reed’s neck during practice. Knight was ultimately fired after grabbing and yelling at freshman Kent Harvey after he said, “Hi Knight,” to the coach.

Knight’s dismissal from the team was a polarizing decision 20 years ago and remains a topic of discussion today on campus and throughout Indiana. He was the face of not just IU, winning three National Championships in 1976, 81 and 87, but college basketball as a whole.

Here is some past coverage of Knight from the Indiana Daily Student:

Sept. 9, 2000 – Knight confused by ‘zero-tolerance’

Sept. 11, 2000 – A Hoosier’s heartache

Sept. 11, 2000 – A Knight to remember

Sept. 11, 2000 – Coach did it his way

Sept. 11, 2000 – IU loses a legend

Sept. 11, 2000 – Community Dived in wake of firing

Sept. 13, 2000 – Knight returns to end campus riots

Sept. 14, 2000 – Havey said he meant no disrespect, wants normal life

Jan. 31, 2013 – Bob Knight's troubled legacy

Feb. 9, 2020 – The General comes home

May. 24, 2020 – How they brought the General home

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