WASHINGTON — If it wasn’t clear already, it should be now.
Bob Knight has no plans for an Assembly Hall reunion.
Appearing on the Dan Patrick Show on Friday to promote a new Showtime documentary on the 1976 Indiana national championship team, the legendary former IU coach said he has no desire to return to the school that fired him in 2000.
“I think that I’ve always really enjoyed the fans,” Knight told Patrick. “I always will. On my dying day, I’ll think about how great the fans at Indiana were. As far as the hierarchy at Indiana University at that time, I have absolutely no respect whatsoever for those people. With that in mind, I have no interest in ever going back to that university.”
When Patrick countered, asking if those involved with his dismissal were already gone, Knight shot back.
“I hope they’re all dead,” Knight said.
“I know some of them are,” Patrick said.
“I hope the rest of them go,” Knight said.
Knight was fired by then-IU president Myles Brand in September 2000 after 29 years as Indiana’s coach. Brand died of pancreatic cancer in 2009.
Although he has refused a public reunion on Indiana’s campus, Knight hasn’t completely shunned Bloomington or the state of Indiana. He’ll speak to fans at an event at Bloomington North on March 30. Tickets are $25.
The documentary Knight was promoting, “Perfect in ’76”, revisits Indiana’s 1976 championship season. It is narrated by John Mellencamp and airs tonight at 9 on Showtime.