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Decision on Future of Indiana U. Basketball Coach Bob Knight's Future Expected Today

Aired May 15, 2000 - 2:25 p.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

LOU WATERS, CNN ANCHOR: Within the next couple of hours, we expect to know more about the fate of Indiana University basketball coach Bob Knight. He has been the focus of an investigation by university trustees over his alleged abuse of students and others.

CNN/Sports Illustrated's John Giannone joins us now.

What's the latest on the story, John.

JOHN GIANNONE, CNN/SPORTS ILLUSTRATED CORRESPONDENT: Well, that investigation will be wrapped up officially in about 90 minutes, and that's when university President Myles Brand will officially render his decision on Bob Knight's future.

Now, Brand has the authority as university president to fire Knight, but according to sources, the most likely scenario is that Knight will receive a fine and sanctions and the university will institute a zero-tolerance policy, and a disciplinary committee could be formed to handle any future misconduct. Also, Knight may be asked to issue a formal apology for some of those allegations of verbal and physical abuse.

Now, the 59-year-old Knight has been at Indiana for 29 years. He's won a total of 763 games and three national championships, but his career has been tainted by a number of incidents involving his notorious temper, and that has been the focus of this investigation and of Brand's decision today.

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CHRISTOPHER SIMPSON, V.P. OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS, INDIANA UNIV.: The discussions were candid, they were thorough. And if there was one compelling, underlying message, it is: What is best for Indiana University? The trustees of Indiana University have delegated the authority to President Brand to make all personnel decisions. President Brand will continue to defer and deliberate and a final decision will be made by President Brand, and I fully anticipate that decision will be in concurrence with the trustees of Indiana University.

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GIANNONE: Now, this investigation began in earnest on April 11 when CNN/Sports Illustrated aired video of Knight grabbing former player Neil Reed during a 1997 practice. At least five additional allegations have surfaced since then of Knight either physically or verbally abusing university employees, and that sparked a university probe and a nationwide debate over Knight's coaching tactics.

In fact, in a recent CNN/Gallup poll, 40 percent of those asked said Knight should be fired, but 43 percent said Knight should receive a lesser penalty. In fact, 10 percent said nothing should be done to Knight. And according to several sources, that is -- the most likely scenario will be some sort of sanction.

That decision, once again, will come down in about 90 minutes and will be rendered by Indiana University President Myles Brand.

In Indianapolis, I'm John Giannone.

WATERS: And CNN will be bringing you live coverage of that Indiana University news conference scheduled. Again: 4:00 p.m. Eastern. And the university president is expected to talk about the future of Bob Knight at the school.

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