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On September 10 2000 Myles Brand the Indiana University school president made a major decision which would change Indiana University forever Bob Knight the Indiana University basketball coach for over 29 years was fired due to what Brand called a persistent and troubling pattern of behavior even after Brand instituted a zero-tolerance policy Gildea A1 Students faculty alumni enemies and fans of Indiana University from all over the country were outraged happy confused and relieved after hearing Brands decision Newspapers from all over the country were writing articles about this sudden event and were getting an enormous amount of editorials on this subject Among those articles were ones written from The Washington Post the SF Chronicle The Arizona Republic the Wall Street Journal as well as Indiana Universitys own newspaper the Indiana Daily Student People around the country were outraged at Brands decision They could not understand that Brand was looking out for what was best for the University and its students In an article from the Washington Post the day after Knight was fired it mentions Brand said that Knight made several attempts to embarrass Indiana University In private and public Coach Knight has made angry and inflammatory remarks about the university officials and board of trustees Gildea A1 Knight had been causing trouble at the university with his temper for sometime including an incident in 1998m when he choked a then junior guard Neil Reed Feinstein A26 He was a great coach there is no doubt about that but his actions were inappropriate and inexcusable Followers of Knight could not see the way that he was acting and the things that he was doing but the fact that Bob Knight was fired for a pattern of abusive horrendous behavior was no surprise The only surprise was that it took so long Garcia par 5 Steve and Kacy Pflugner both Indiana University graduates of the class of 1997 had
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