Knight on Davis: 'That's their problem'

Updated: March 21, 2005, 7:44 PM ET
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Do you think Bobby Knight's feel-good run in the NCAA Tournament with Texas Tech is making him forget about his disastrous falling out with Indiana?

Think again.

"I stayed at Indiana six years too long because of the administration. The administration handled a lot of things poorly," Knight told Sporting News Radio on Saturday, after his Red Raiders upset Gonzaga to reach the Sweet 16. "I was working for an athletic director [former IU AD Clarence Doninger] that didn't know his [expletive] from third base. I ended up staying because of the kids that I liked and the people I did like rather than focusing on the real negatives there."

Knight, who coached at Indiana for 29 years and won three national championships, was fired in 2000 for violating a "zero tolerance" behavior policy by grabbing the arm of a student who he said greeted him by his last name. Knight sued two years later, claiming the university violated his employment contract. The lawsuit was eventually dismissed.

Knight also doesn't think much of Mike Davis, his successor with the Hoosiers. Indiana missed the NCAA Tournament for the second straight year, and the Hoosiers lost in the first round of the NIT.

"They created that for themselves," Knight said in the Sporting News Radio interview. "The guy that's coaching there [Mike Davis] is a guy that I told Pat [Knight, his son and assistant coach] we were going to replace at the end of the season. There's no way that I would have kept the guy any longer than that. [But] That's their [Indiana] problem."

Indiana spokesperson Pete Rhoda said Sunday night that the university and Davis will have no response to Knight's comments.

Although another Indiana season ended on a disappointing note, Davis believes he will return as Hoosiers coach.

According to ESPN.com's Andy Katz, Davis is talking and acting as if he would be back for a sixth season in Bloomington. Davis, who has three years remaining on his contract, will meet with athletic director Rick Greenspan during his regularly scheduled weekly meeting Tuesday.

Reliable sources have also told ESPN's Dick Vitale that Indiana wants to retain Davis as its coach.

Indiana is expected to make an announcement on Davis' future by Wednesday, sources close to the process told ESPN.com.

Information from ESPN.com senior writer Andy Katz was used in this report.