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June 16, 1997
If the game has passed Knight by, perhaps it's time for the game to take three giant steps backward.CARL T. QUINN, LEXINGTON, TENN.
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June 16, 1997

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If the game has passed Knight by, perhaps it's time for the game to take three giant steps backward.
CARL T. QUINN, LEXINGTON, TENN.

Bob Knight
I was disappointed to see SI imply that Bob Knight is washed up in part because he detests players" wearing baggy shorts and earrings (Knight Errant. May 12). It's ironic that a little more than two months earlier you applauded Clem Haskins of Minnesota (Gopher Ball, March 3) for his old-fashioned values in the same respect.
CORY FURMAN, Noblesville, Ind.

Coach Knight was and is a brilliant technical coach and teacher of skills. He is a great recruiter. Sophomore Jason Collier and incoming freshman Luke Recker could have gone to any school in the country, but they chose Indiana because of Knight.

Knight will not cheat in recruiting, although many coaches in the Hall of Fame with him have been on NCAA probation. Knight demands that his athletes get their degrees. Every school would like to have a coach who wins games, whose players have been recruited legally and who graduate, and who brings in millions of dollars to support the many men's and women's programs that cannot support themselves.

I am not aware of any player who has graduated from Indiana who is not grateful to Coach Knight for his experience with the Indiana basketball program.
DEAN SMITH
Basketball Coach
University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, N.C.

If an Indiana professor profanely berated students, he would be evaluated as inadequate and unsatisfactory. Likewise if a parent openly and profanely humiliated his child, the parent would be viewed as—and perhaps reported as—a child abuser. Yet Knight has been treating players that way for years, and instead of being seen as an abusive coach, he has been lauded.
BEVERLY REESE, Evanston, Ill.

It's hard to understand how a fine university like Indiana can have an administration that is either unwilling or unable to control the embarrassing and boorish behavior of Knight. Apparently, he can bully not only his players but his employers as well.
ROBERT L. LAWRENCE, Punta Gorda, Fla.

Much of what Gerry Callahan said about Bob Knight is true, yet as a high school senior basketball player, I'd still do anything to play for him.
ALEX MARKS, Sterling, Ill.

Rodman's Book
Rick Reilly's POINT AFTER (May 12) about Dennis Rodman's new book is a classic. I laughed so hard I cried.
CARA GRIFFIN, Armonk, N.Y.

I was appalled by Reilly's selection of offensive and even vulgar subject matter. Was this supposed to be funny? Is Reilly making fun of Rodman, or is he making fun of those of us who are offended by Rodman's behavior and shudder when we see schoolkids wearing Rodman jerseys to class? Surely there are more important sports subjects for editorial comment.
BILL CORDES, Peoria, Ill.

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