BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Bob Knight has asked the Indiana Court
of Appeals to review a judge's decision dismissing
his lawsuit against Indiana University for firing him as basketball
The appeal challenges Monroe Circuit Judge Kenneth Todd's ruling
in October that IU didn't violate Knight's contract when former
university President Myles Brand fired the coach in September 2000.
The judge last month denied a request by Knight to reconsider the
case to correct errors.
University counsel Dorothy Frapwell said IU's position on the
lawsuit hasn't changed. "We still believe that the university
complied with the terms of the contract," she said. "Obviously,
we will continue to defend this case, as we have to date."
Brand fired the Knight after 29 years as Indiana's basketball coach for allegedly
grabbing a student who greeted him at Assembly Hall. Knight, now
the head coach at Texas Tech, had been under a "zero tolerance"
order from the IU administration for grabbing former player Neil
Reed by the neck and other incidents.
Knight sued IU in 2002, alleging it violated his contract by
failing to follow procedures for firing him. He said losing the job
had cost him $2 million in income from media contracts, basketball
camps and endorsements.
Knight's notice of appeal was dated Monday.