Knight turns to Court of Appeals

Updated: January 24, 2004, 12:44 PM ET
Associated Press

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Bob Knight has asked the Indiana Court of Appeals to review a judge's decision dismissing his lawsuit against Indiana University for firing him as basketball coach.

The appeal challenges Monroe Circuit Judge Kenneth Todd's ruling in October that IU didn't violate Knight's contract when former university President Myles Brand fired the coach in September 2000. The judge last month denied a request by Knight to reconsider the case to correct errors.

University counsel Dorothy Frapwell said IU's position on the lawsuit hasn't changed. "We still believe that the university complied with the terms of the contract," she said. "Obviously, we will continue to defend this case, as we have to date."

Brand fired the Knight after 29 years as Indiana's basketball coach for allegedly grabbing a student who greeted him at Assembly Hall. Knight, now the head coach at Texas Tech, had been under a "zero tolerance" order from the IU administration for grabbing former player Neil Reed by the neck and other incidents.

Knight sued IU in 2002, alleging it violated his contract by failing to follow procedures for firing him. He said losing the job had cost him $2 million in income from media contracts, basketball camps and endorsements.

Knight's notice of appeal was dated Monday.

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