Dan Dakich On Bobby Knight’s Indiana No-Show: ‘I Don’t Give A Rat’s Ass. He’s A Complete Egomaniac’
Indiana University celebrated the 40th anniversary of its undefeated 1975-76 men's basketball team on Tuesday night, and a crowd of people from that team -- coaches, players, student managers, etc., -- were invited. Nine of the 12 players showed up (three had prior commitments), but there was one glaring no-show.
Bobby Knight, who coached that team, skipped the event.
Knight of course was was fired at Indiana in 2000 after incidents in which he grabbing a player by the neck and a student by the arm came to light.
Dan Dakich, who played for Knight at Indiana from 1982-85 and was then an assistant coach for him, commented on the no-show on Dakich's radio show on Wednesday, and it wasn't pretty.
"I don't give a rat's ass if the man show, but I'll say this. All I heard at Indiana as a player was that playing there was a lifetime proposition. Knight used to say that you weren't playing for him, you were playing for the fans, and that is forever. He said that you're never a former Hoosier. But that's a complete and utter bowl of crap when it comes to Bob Knight.
"The man is so freaking bitter that he cannot come back and celebrate at team that made him famous and made him money? He's an incredibly small human being. A complete ego-maniac. That team deserved to have their coach there."
Gregg Doyle wrote a good column on Tuesday about the event, and about how most of the players from that team lauded Knight and said that he made the season special.
And the season was special. Statistically, the 1975-76 Hooisers were the most dominant men's college basketball team of all time. They swept the Big Ten winning games by an average of 25 points, and had few real tests: a 66-63 win over Notre Dame, and overtime wins over Kentucky and Michigan being three. In fact, except for an injury to their star player the previous season (Scott May broke his arm just before the 1975 NCAA Tournament, and Indiana lost to Kentucky by two points in the Elite Eight), the Hooisers would have had two straight unbeaten seasons. As it was they went 61-1 over the two-year span.
Dakich said that when he was playing for Knight six years later, all he and his teammates ever heard was how they could never measure up to the '76 team, and how they owed it to the university to try and live up to their example.
"It was all utter and total BS," Dakich said. "All of those players came back (on Tuesday) in spite of coach Knight. They came back because of the fans. I know that a lot of people will come after me for saying that. The clowns at the Indianapolis Star will broadcast this. I don't care. I'm telling it like it is."
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