Say what you want about his methods (I don't agree with many myself - including quiting on four seniors with 10 games left) but you have to agree he was "good" for college basketball (mostly) and athletics. Nobody's perfect. Here's why I say that coach Bob Knight was good for sport:
1) When many coaches brought their basketball teams to the NCAA Final Four on Tuesday. Coach Knight brought his team on Thursday or Friday so they could go to class.
2) Coach Knight has one of the highest graduation rates of all time.
3) Knight has continually fought the playing of late night games for network TV (ESPN, ESPN2) because the "kids need to be in class tomorrow morning".
4) Knight demanded discipline in the class room and in the gym in an age when that is not fashionable at best.
5) He fought the NCAA tooth and nail for what was right for student athletes. Much of which spilled over to "minor sports" like mine on the Division I level. It made us more student than athlete. A lot of people should thank him for that.
6) Bob hated the NCAA burocracy. I agree. The billions of dollars that the NCAA makes off of basically free labor needs more oversight and regulation from a different group. One that will look out for students and not just sport and the money to be made on event tickets, college jerseys, t-shirts and baseball cap sales.
I played water polo for a Bob Knight disciple. He was tough. He was fair. He pushed me to be better than I thought I could be. That is what a coach should do. So if you see Coach Knight, say thank you for me. Thanks for keeping student in student athlete.