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Myles Brand and Bobby Knight

Posted on: September 16, 2009 5:51 pm
Edited on: September 16, 2009 6:26 pm
The best thing Myles Brand ever did was stand up to a bully.

There will be lots of tributes and analysis of what Brand accomplished during his tenure as leader of the NCAA but it's what Brand did during his presidency at Indiana in firing Bobby Knight that was his best accomplishment.

Knight was a mega-bully and Brand was one of the few people -- if not the first -- to publicly call Knight on his boorish behavior. It didn't make Brand popular at Indiana but it was the right thing to do and Brand had the courage to make the move.

One of the last straws for Brand came when video showed Knight with this hand around the neck of player Neil Reed. That wasn't the final incident but it was one of the worst. Eventually, Brand had seen enough.

It's difficult taking on a highly popular bully who believes the rules don't apply to him but Brand did.

That's his greatest legacy.

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Since: Sep 2, 2009
Posted on: September 17, 2009 10:30 am

Myles Brand and Bobby Knight

Like the rest of us, Bobby Knight was a mixture of good and bad. He cannot defined by his generous philanthropy nor his egregious violent episodes, of which there are many. You have to look at the whole package and take the measure of the man.

Clearly, Knight had operated with impunity for so long that he was out of control. I applaud Brand for approaching the problem of Knight's behavior in a forthright fashion and dealing with it.

I do regret that Knight had to be shamed in order to achieve the result, but I look back on some of the rebukes I received as a child, and they served me well in the long run. Brand may very well have kept Knight from making the sort of error that would have destroyed his legacy. Rest in peace, Mr. Brand. You were also a disciplinarian, just like Bobby Knight.

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: September 17, 2009 10:12 am

Myles Brand and Bobby Knight

especially from modern day print and broadcast media that loathe traditional disciplinarians like Knight. 
He was a "disciplinarian" to his students, but ultimately was undone by the fact that he had no self-discipline when it came to his temper.  How can you say that he is just old school and teaching kids the right way to do things when he is throwing tantruns, throwing chairs, brow-beating everyone around him, and commiting assault against his players.  And its funny, Knight hated the media so much, and never missed an opportunity to be condescending to a reporter, but where does he go when he leaves coaching?  That right, he is an analyst for ESPN.  The man is a hypocrite in every sense of the word.  A perfect punishment for Knight would have been a few years as an NBA coach.  Try choking Ron Artest or bullying Stephan Marbury and see where it gets you.

Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: September 17, 2009 10:05 am

Myles Brand and Bobby Knight

If a professor choked a student on video-tap he would be gone in an instant.  It is a school.  Also, IU would have been potentially open for a huge lawsuit.  Were Spreewells's actions in Golden State minor?  It is assault, which is bad enough.  The fact that it was assault on someone who he was essentially responsible for is worse.  Also, athletes can say they are not "role models" but a college basketball coach has "role model" as one of his primary job responsibilities.  I am with Freeman on this one.  Bobby Knight may have had a brilliant coaching career (on the court), but that does not mean he can get away with assault. 

Since: Jun 23, 2009
Posted on: September 17, 2009 4:09 am

Myles Brand and Bobby Knight

I agree, Mike.  It could not have been easy to get rid of that jackass.  bobby knight is a thug who happens to be a great basketball coach.  Interesting thing is that if he wasn't such a small man and acted the way he did (does) towards his players and everone else that dare cross his path he still would be a great basketball coach.  None of that idiocy and macho bullcrap made anyone a better player.  It definately doesn't make him a "man".  He's just a jerk, period.

Since: Jan 10, 2008
Posted on: September 16, 2009 11:58 pm

Myles Brand and Bobby Knight

It's difficult taking on a highly popular bully who believes the rules don't apply to him but Brand did.

That's his greatest legacy.
There was nothing difficult about it.  Myles Brand knew he would gain favor and be supported on a national scale, especially from modern day print and broadcast media that loathe traditional disciplinarians like Knight.  They (media) were also perpetually furious that Knight was unaffected and unimpressed by their "power."  It was inevitable that Brand would be praised and lifted up by this crowd, and Brand knew it.

Knight is not exactly the best model for a coach or citizen, but the vast majority of his players would not consider him a bully, rather a man who helped them become men.  What's with Brand's "greatest legacy" as if Knight was some sort of Goliath who maimed and destroyed people's lives?  For the most part Knight actually improved them. 

One word:  overkill.

Since: Oct 13, 2007
Posted on: September 16, 2009 10:13 pm

Myles Brand and Bobby Knight

I know players who played for Beat Bryant who's parent bought tickets to games because their son made sooo much by selling their tickets to alumni for his tickets. What about coach K almost knocking a player out in the locker room for staining his program? None of that bothers me. What bothers me is idiots like Freeman sitting in pseudo righteousness thrones judging someone like Knight. Must be self-fullfilling making a buck kicking someone that's down.  

Since: Oct 6, 2007
Posted on: September 16, 2009 8:37 pm

Come on Freeman

First off, I would like to state that I am not from Indiana but from Pittsburgh. So, don't call me an IU homer!!

I am so sick of hearing from half-baked sports clowns try and rip apart Bob Knight because he was a "bully". As a father of two I could only hope that someone as grounded as Bob Knight is around to coach my kids. Freeman obviously is of the school that college athletes should be propped up and treated like Gods. Sorry Freeman, not everyone can be Calipari and pay their players and be a great example to kids by cheating their way to the top!! Kids go to school to get an education not be treated like NBA all-stars!!!

Bob Knight stands for everything that journalists now hate. He stands for going to class, graduating, respecting the game, etc. The game needs Bob Knight as well as greats like John Chaney and Gene Keady. These kids today are undisciplined jerks that need put in their place and there are no coaches that have any spines to do it. Freeman is a joke and know little about sports.

If there were more Bobby Knights in the world sports would be much more tolerable.

Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: September 16, 2009 7:29 pm

Myles Brand and Bobby Knight

Sorry, Freeman, but as usual, you have is bass-ackwards.

Firing The General was Brand's biggest mistake, and one that cost IU dearly, and one they still are trying to recover from.  The reason he left IU for the NCAA was that he was headed for a firing anyway and NCAA came calling.

Remember, this is the fool that gave us the BCS and the inane play-in game in the NCAA BB tourney, not to mention those stupid pods!

Brand will not be missed.  Let's hope the NCAA recovery is faster than IU's.

Since: May 17, 2007
Posted on: September 16, 2009 7:08 pm

Myles Brand and Bobby Knight

I can always count on CBS Sports to take every opportunity possible to bash Bob Knight.  One of your columnists says that Brand shouldn't be remembered for firing Bob Knight.  You say he should--which is it.  In any event, if the greatest accomplishment of Myles Braand's life is firing Bob Knight and ruining Indiana's basketball program, why is it front page news?

Since: Nov 29, 2007
Posted on: September 16, 2009 7:00 pm

Myles Brand and Bobby Knight

How is Coach Knight a bully???  When he kept his program clean, didn't have the NCAA putting sancations on his program.  Coach Knight is old school and knows how to teach right from wrong.  How is it going these days(years) Indiana fans without a decent coach(nothing against Coach Creen)?  You can only look at yourselves for what happened.  You wanted Coach Knight out some of you and now look, Indiana basketball was a joke last year.  I'm a Kansas Jayhawk fan and love Coach Knight, He stands for everything that is great about old school basketball coaches. 

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