Originally Posted by Assembly Hall
NSF my friend......there was improper stuff going on at IU before '71. That is why Knight was hired. Granted the scope is bigger now than what it was then....but there was alot of stuff happening with IU athletics through out the 60's. Improprieties aside(Wooden never got caught) that might be speculation, in fact IU hired a "no non-sense" guy to clean up what they thought was a problem.
The components were there.......minus McGinnis. But to me, that just shows Knight's coaching ability at that time.
McGinnis, who left for the ABA before Knight took over, was recruited by Lou Watson.
Anyway, the only IU infractions, at least the major type, at IU around that time were in the Walt Bellamy days (early 60's) and resulted in all IU athletic teams on probation because of -- are you ready for this -- violations within the IU swim team.
That stated, you are correct about the need at the time for a culture change (read: a more structured approach - on and off the court) -- mission accomplished.
Speaking of improprieties - I'm not one to blame officiating as a rule - have you checked out the replay of IU's '73 Final Four loss to to the (Sam Gilbert says
) crooks, er, UCLA team?
The phantom blocking foul against Steve Downing, after IU had whittled a 22 point lead down to four, was ridiculous. It was clearly a charging foul against Bill Walton, which would have been his 5th. In fact, Walton thought he had fouled out, as he started walking back to the UCLA bench before Downing was whistled for the foul. A short time later, Downing picked up his fifth and was gone, along with IU's chances for pulling the upset.