Originally Posted by gilpdawg
Neil Reed died. Sad. 36 years old. I know he's not Mr. Popular in Hoosierland but I always respected him for having the stones to stand up to Knight. Nobody else did. Maybe if they had he wouldn't have thought he could do whatever he wanted with no repercussions and the end of his IU career could have been on his terms, which he could have had.
This is obviously very sad news, especially factoring in the wife and kids he leaves behind.
It is also sad that Reed will be forever tied to an underachieving disappointing era of I.U basketball. I'm not trying to trivialize Reed's death at all, but there's just no getting around it.
I actually agree with everything you've written. But I'll add this--Even if the events leading up to Reed's decision to transfer hadn't occurred, it was still apparent, at least to me, that Knight just wasn't getting it done anymore when you consider that class after class in the mid-to-late 90's resulted in underachieving teams, even though Knight was actually recruiting some top-flight talent. So Knight going out on his terms may
have resulted in more mediocre B-Ball.
Again, I want to make this clear: this all pales in comparison to Reed's untimely passing.
Sadly, Reed is the third I.U player from the late 90's to pass away, preceded by Jason Collier and William Gladness.