It's time to bury the past, Coach Knight
Dear Bob Knight,
Come on home. It's time.
Come back home again, to Indiana. Accept the invitation to be inducted into the school's Hall of Fame. Show up Nov. 6, and do it in person.I know, I know. Your taking advice from a member of the media is like Dick Cheney's joining MoveOn.org. You'd rather wear Purdue pajamas or hug Ted Valentine. But I'm just the self-appointed messenger here, repeating the hopes of a million fans and hundreds of former players and a bunch of current Indiana University employees who want closure to nearly a decade of Cold War with the biggest hero the athletic program has ever known.
There simply are no good reasons not to attend your own personal lovefest. Snubbing the ceremony would be the same as snubbing your players, your assistant coaches and every fan who bought a ticket to see your team run motion offense and play man-to-man defense like few others in the history of the game. It would eradicate every lesson you ever taught about the individual being part of something larger than himself -- about the value of a team and an institution.Really, it would be every bit as futile as the Japanese soldiers who were discovered on Pacific islands 20 years after World War II, unconvinced that the fighting was over. This conflict between Indiana University and you is over. It's time to celebrate a great run -- to forget how it ended, and remember all the glory. Give up the fight. Feel the love. Come on home, Bob.
It's time.Pat Forde is a senior writer for ESPN.com. He can be reached at ESPN4D@aol.com.