Knight gets into verbal spat with Texas Tech chancellor
By Betsy Blaney
February 2, 2004
LUBBOCK, Texas -- Texas Tech coach Bob Knight got into a verbal spat with the university chancellor at a grocery store Monday, prompting a review by school officials.
School spokeswoman Sally Logue Post said she did not know details of the encounter between the basketball coach and Dr. David Smith. No one was injured, she said.
Smith declined to elaborate on what happened.
"This is obviously an issue that is internal to the university," the chancellor told The Associated Press. "Right now the athletic director and the president's office at the university are looking into the incident. We'll wait to hear more in the next few days about their review."
Asked whether there was any discussion of removing Knight, Smith said: "I can't comment on any of those things right now."
The No. 19 Red Raiders play Tuesday night at home against Baylor.
Gerald Myers, the university's athletic director who was instrumental in bringing Knight to Tech in 2001 after he was fired at Indiana, witnessed the encounter, Post said.
The men were getting food around lunchtime at Market Street, an upscale grocery store about two miles from the university, said Dan Sanders, chief marketing officer for United Supermarkets, which owns the store where the incident occurred.
"Apparently, there was some sort of disagreement," Sanders said. "It took place very quickly."
Neither Myers nor sports information director Randy Farley immediately returned telephone messages Monday night.
While still at Indiana in March 2000, Knight was investigated by the university after former player Neil Reed said the coach choked him at a practice in 1997.
In May 2000, Knight was fined $30,000, suspended for three games and placed under a "zero-tolerance behavior policy.
In early September 2000, Knight was accused of grabbing a student by the arm, cursing and lecturing him about manners after the coach was addressed "Hey, Knight, what's up?"
In September 2000, Knight was fired from Indiana for violating the behavior policy. Indiana's president Myles Brand, now president of the NCAA, fired him for what Brand called a "pattern of unacceptable behavior."
In late December, Knight went into a profanity-filled tirade after an ESPN reporter asked about his relationship with former player Steve Alford, who was also participating in the interview. He later apologized for the incident.
Texas Tech is 4-2 in the Big 12 Conference this season. The Red Raiders had been unbeaten in the league until last week, when they lost to Texas and Oklahoma State.