"That's a good idea," says Knight. "The biggest mistake is having something near that you can throw."
Both losses were away from home. By the time the team returned, the stories of Knight's rages had taken on a new dimension. After the South Carolina affair, it was said that he had kicked out a window at the Indianapolis airport. Apparently no one checked. What he had done, with his hands full of luggage, was to put out his foot to stop a swinging glass door and it had shattered. "It was already cracked," says Bliss. "Most of the players avoided it but I guess Bobby didn't notice." During the UTEP game, it was said, he had thrown a chair into the crowd. What he had done was slap a hand down hard against a light plastic chair and it had skidded backward. And he immediately turned and apologized to the crowd. He was, it was said, taken from the court, this time by the police.
Most of the stories were printed as true in one of Bloomington's two afternoon papers, but other than straightening out the reporter who wrote them, Knight did nothing. "I guess I came to Indiana without the greatest reputation for sitting quietly," he says. "I doubt if I'll live it down. Whatever I do is magnified. I could become the mildest coach in the world and nobody would believe it." He pauses. "Not even me."