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Knight-Reed - The Video

In the ongoing controversy between Bob Knight and Neil Reed, there's
an important new twist: a video tape
showing Bob Knight grabbing a player by
the throat, and, according to reports, shows the player's head going back. Neil
Reed says it's him on the tape and that "I don't need a tape to tell me what

We haven't seen it on tv yet, but we have seen it online and you can too.
We're curious as to where this type of behavior stands legally. Clearly a
coach-player relationship, as traditionally understood, doesn't involve grabbing
your players by the neck and reversing their locomotion. If this happened on a
street or in a mall, or if a teacher did this to a student which is perhaps the
closest comparison we can think of, what would the legal repercussions be? If you're a lawyer we'd love to hear your opinion on what the potential issues, both civil and criminal, might be.
Drop us a line with your take

More - here's the story from the Starnews with a screencap and you may have
seen it on CNNSI.

Just from a cursory reading of
Peegs' board,
Indiana fans are very concerned
about the tape, which is now airing, and some are saying it's just a question of
time until he's done, and some are calling for him to be fired.  Others are
defending him. There is great speculation as to who released the tape.

Certainly this will fit neatly into the negative recruiters bag, along
with the infamous audiotape of Knight cursing his team
. Every mom of
every recruit he is after, from here on out, however long that is, will be shown
that video and played that file. We're not saying it's good or bad, but
recruiting is a cutthroat business, and this is ammunition in that sort of a

Speaking of same, here's an interesting sort of factoid: Knight's recruiting
range is pretty tightly limited to the Midwest, though he does have George Leach
of Charlotte waiting out a year of inactivity, and one Floridian, one Tennesseean,
and one kid from Georgia with another on the way, and a California JUCO
transfer. The incoming freshman from Atlanta is pretty good, but the others
include Kyle Hornsby, Larry Richardson, Jeffrey Newton, and Lynn
Washington. No disrespect to any of them, particularly not Haston, but they're
not exactly the cream of the crop. There's no Morris Peterson, no Mateen
Cleaves, no Shane Battier, no Quentin Richardson, no Corey Maggette, no T.J.

Michigan and Illinois are great talent bases, of course, but Izzo is locking
down Michigan, and what he doesn't get the Wolverines and Titans will, and Lon
Kruger and Pat Kennedy are mining Chicago heavily. It's probably not as
apparent in Indiana and the surrounding states as it is when you get further
away, but Knight's reputation, we suspect, gets worse the further you get from

Talent is what every coach has to have, even the best, of course, and it's a
tribute to Knight's ferocious intelligence that he can win consistently with
talent consistently leaving or opting out of Bloomington entirely.

There's a lot of loyalty to Knight, which in some ways is understandable,
and, to those of us who live far away baffling, but it is there. But after
tanking several years in a row in the tournament, you have to wonder. And
here's another notion to ponder.

Without question this is one of the great jobs. Tons of coaches would
die for it. What would happen to Indiana basketball if, say, they managed
to lure a solid floor coach and recruiter, who is even passingly warm? A
guy who might be tempted, though his wife would hate him for it, would be Pitino,
who appears frustrated in Beantown. Billy Donovan might consider it.
Alford would probably love to coach there. Amaker might be tempted. Matt
Doherty probably would as well. Then someone suggested Larry Bird, who
could be a fascinating pick.

We're not suggesting that Knight is finished; the man has been finished too
many times for us to fall for that. But what we are suggesting is the notion of
a coach who is not just admired, but liked, and who can go out and recruit with
Duke, and Kentucky and UNC and Kansas on a regular basis. What we're
suggesting, in short, is how the perception of Indiana basketball would be
different if it presented a more pleasant face to the world. Knight isn't
capable of being that kind of person, but how it would affect the program's
perception is worth considering. Certainly the moms of the kid's he recruits
would be more receptive, and likely a few dads as well.