Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Knight's Armor Still Shines after 700, Iu Coach Loves Job

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Knight's Armor Still Shines after 700, Iu Coach Loves Job

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In Bob Knight's 700th career win, the Indiana Hoosiers gave their coach no less than 700 mini-strokes. That's how it is now. Every win is hard. Very hard.

So, when Knight addressed a cheering Assembly Hall crowd after a difficult win over Wisconsin - not to talk about his 700th win, but to honor senior Haris Mujezinovic - he began with an apology/vow. After all, beating Wisconsin used to be automatic, not the 40 minutes of hell it was in Wednesday's 70-66 victory.

"We're all gonna be in here sometime, cheering something a little more than winning a game," Knight said. "I promise you that." The winner of three national titles as Indiana's coach, Knight still believes his program is capable of greatness. Whether it's true or not, we can now put to rest the last ridiculous rumor about Bob Knight retiring. He's not going anywhere unless the NCAA puts a contract out on him (which isn't beyond belief). Knight's 700 wins place him eighth on an all-time list that begins with Kentucky's Adolph Rupp (876 wins), and includes Knight mentor Henry Iba. Even as much as this year's team has frustrated Knight - a mere 9-8 in the Big Ten - he still loves to coach, still lives to coach. And thus he was breathing easier after his 700th win because it seems to have answered the great NCAA question: Is Indiana a lock? Yes. With 22 wins, and a No. 24 national ranking, the door has locked behind them, and the Hoosiers and Knight will dance at least one round. Although when you're Bob Knight and the NCAA is involved, you take nothing for granted. "Am I close to the Tournament Committee? Do I like the Tournament Committee? Does the Tournament Committee care about me? Do I care about the Tournament Committee? "Any one of those answers ought to suffice," Knight said. "The Tournament Committee is still playing golf on my $30,000." This is when Knight is fun. When he's winning. When pressure is relieved and he can stop screaming long enough to jab here, jab there, and go overboard with praise for the likable Mujezinovic, a bull-in-a-china-shop center, whom he graciously said would have been a star had he been at IU for five years instead of two. …

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