Will Bobby Knight remain as basketball coach at Indiana, or will he move to New Mexico? Only Knight knows for sure, and he isn't saying.
After spending most of Tuesday in Albuquerque, Knight returned to Bloomington on Wednesday. He met with his Indiana players and with IU athletic director Ralph Floyd upon his return, but nobody revealed what was said during those sessions.Later Wednesday, in an interview with WTHR-TV of Indianapolis, Knight didn't reveal whether he'd made a decision.
"On several different occasions in the past, we talked to the people from New Mexico, and have talked to them about a variety of things in many different ways, both from their standpoint and from mine," Knight said.
"That's a part of the country that I enjoy very much. The people at New Mexico are awfully nice people. I think it's one of the really outstanding coaching situations that there is, particularly for a person that would enjoy the western part of the country.
"And I have conveyed my thoughts to the people in Albuquerque in that regard as we have discussed various things here."
As for Indiana, Knight said: "Regardless of what I ever do, I would always think some of the truly outstanding people in the world reside here in the state of Indiana, but there have been some things that have changed here."
Knight may have been referring to the change of leadership at Indiana that brought in Thomas Ehrlich as president, who recently reprimanded him for comments Knight made on television in reference to rape.
On Wednesday, though, Ehrlich released a statement expressing hope that Knight would remain at Indiana, where he has nine years remaining on his contract.
Asked whether Knight was leaving, Floyd said, "I'm not going to comment on that at this time. I can't answer. I hope the whole thing is cleared up by tomorrow night or Friday."
There were several published reports, all quoting unidentified sources, saying Knight had made up his mind to accept the New Mexico job, vacated on April 26 when Gary Colson resigned under pressure after eight seasons.
The Albuquerque Tribune reported on Wednesday Knight has been offered a contract over five years worth, with salary and other job-related income, about $250,000 annually.
"It's a done deal. Knight's coming," a source said in the Dallas Times Herald Thursday. "All he has to do is sign the contract." That newspaper placed Knight's proposed contract at $350,000 annually for five years.
The Albuquerque Journal reported today that it was told by a source that Knight is UNM's choice, but that he hasn't officially been offered the job. Dave Bliss, a former Knight assistant now coaching at Southern Methodist, is the second choice.