So Bobby Knight is talking about his decision to resign at Texas Tech, telling the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal that he wanted to give his son, Pat, a running start as head coach. Whether that's true or not, we're left to grapple with the aftermath. And in a weird way, it helps that the film There Will be Blood is still in theaters. Knight, you know, is Daniel Plainview; so much so that one can pick out just about any review of the film, substitute Knight's name and career, and it will still make perfect sense.
Bobby Knight's career was ...
• "Odd, unsettling and completely engrossing." — Sun Media
• "An overwhelming experience...simple even as it is devastating." — Antagony And Ecstasy
• "It's sublime — beautiful and ghastly at once. — New York Magazine
• "It's hardly surprising that the world seems to part itself for this quite possibly mad man, as he's put everything he has into this performance, this impressive shield of a façade that's both reassuring in its power and deeply frightening — both viewers of the film and other characters sharing the screen with him know full well that no living thing would want to be between him and something he desired." — Culture Cartel
• "An arresting, fascinating, and sometimes disturbing experience." — James Berardinelli
Now we are also left to wonder, now that basketball is over for him, what will Knight do with himself? It's impossible to imagine him signing autographs from a courtside seat at age 85, telling the story of how he perfected the motion offense for the fourteen thousandth time. No, it's much easier to imagine a broken, troubled soul; a drunken old man asleep in the middle of one of the lanes in his private bowling alley, a plate of half-eaten steak and a can of turpentine beside his head.
Then Neal Reid comes over for a visit, and Knight picks up a bowling pin or two ...
Exclusive: Knight Speaks About Retirement Decision [Lubbock Avalanche-Journal]
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