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12/01/2006 11:48:00 AM
Trade In Your Lexus, Buy A Title Ring
What does one do for their favorite Bob Knight fan this Christmas? Quickly lift his chin as a display of affection? Or, perhaps, buy him this ring?
A rare piece of college hoops memorabilia is up for sale on eBay, ending Sunday: an authentic Indiana championship ring from 1976, when the General's Hoosiers went 32-0. The ring (seen at right) belonged to late assistant coach Harold Andreas -- indicated by the "Andreas" engraved on one side. The auction, as of Friday at 11 a.m., is up to $35,000, with the reserve price yet to be reached.
The seller, whose hometown is listed as Austin, Texas, remains anonymous, but through e-mail this week gave the Blog some information:
• He got it through Andreas' estate, and told us that "the ring has been in its case since I inherited it."
• As for why it's up for sale, he said, "I just figured the timing was right, given the 30th anniversary of their championship season and Knight's eclipsing of Dean Smith's record."
• He's not an Indiana guy -- "my college basketball allegiance is to my alma mater, Boston College," he said -- but says he's not against pulling for the Hoosiers in the postseason. "I've always admired their program," he said, "and I think Bobby Knight is awesome."
• No IU players or coaches had contacted him yet about the ring, but he said, "My hope is that the ring lands in the hands of those associated with IU -- not collectors who will aim to resell it."