John Papanek's article on Bobby Knight (Triumph and Turmoil in the Pan-Am Games, July 23) was more of a personal attack against Knight than a story on the team's success. Knight did the job he was hired to do—train a group of young men so they could win a gold medal. His personality isn't warm, but he's good at his job, which is one item Mr. Papanek forgot to mention.
Morgantown, W. Va.
Why so anti-Knight? If someone poked you in the eye, wouldn't you be prompted to strike back?
I'm embarrassed about the report written by John Papanek rather than by the behavior of Bobby Knight. The picture of Knight on the shoulders of the players tells their feelings toward the coach.
Fort Wayne, Ind.
Papanek states that Knight violently berated 18-year-old Isiah Thomas. He doesn't mention that Thomas later said. "I felt real embarrassed the next day when I read how they were getting on Coach Knight. I felt I deserved that chewing-out, and the rest of the team felt the same way."
Mr. Knight is obviously an emotionally unstable person who needs understanding and help. But he is also a national embarrassment, and I certainly hope that more care will be exercised in the future selection of our national representatives.
DANIEL L. HEBERT
It would be the gravest mistake since gunboat diplomacy in the Caribbean to send Knight to Moscow in 1980. Let's keep him and others like him within the limits of Indiana. He is the original "Ugly American."
When a coach's display of temperament overshadows the game itself, something is definitely wrong.
Fort Myers, Fla.
Bobby Knight's antics may well be appreciated at Indiana University, but in international competition, when the eyes of the world are upon you, there is no place for such disgraceful behavior. His actions overshadowed the great accomplishments of the entire U.S. team.
Bobby Knight's inexcusable behavior in the Pan-American Games was an insult to every decent, respectable American.
JEROME L. MUNFORD
It is high time Hoosier fans realize that one national championship should not exempt Bobby Knight from representing us in a manner in which we can be proud. My only consolation in this matter is knowing that Knight is a transplant. John Wooden is a born-and-bred Hoosier.
D. J. HANEY