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Knight Tirade Under Review

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February 26, 1998|Associated Press

The Big Ten Conference said Wednesday it has begun studying the Indiana-Illinois game in which Indiana Coach Bob Knight received three technical fouls and called the officiating, specifically that of Ted Valentine, the "greatest travesty" he has ever seen as a college basketball coach.

Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany pointed to the league's various rules concerning coaches and unsportsmanlike conduct: crowd incitement and undue criticism of coaches, schools, players or officials.

"So we've got four or five different provisions that could be applicable," Delany said.

The Hoosiers lost, 82-72, to No. 22 Illinois on Tuesday night.

Knight received one technical foul in the first half Tuesday. He was ejected after picking up his second and third technicals with 9:37 to play.

Freshman Luke Recker was knocked hard to the floor, and when Knight went over to check on the player he was given a second technical by Valentine. Knight then flew into a rage and received the third technical.

"When I went out on the floor and walked toward Luke . . . my only comment was, 'I have an injured player there.' Period," Knight said. "I have every right to go out on the floor when there's an injured player on the floor.

Recker injured a rib and underwent further treatment by team trainer Tim Garl on Wednesday. His status is unclear for Saturday's game at Iowa, the Hoosiers' regular-season finale.

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Nevada Las Vegas senior center Keon Clark--suspended by the NCAA for the first 11 games of the season for accepting a trip financed by a sports agent, and then suspended again later by Coach Bill Bayno--won't be returning to the Rebel lineup. The 6-foot-11 Clark and Bayno made the announcement Tuesday night, but no reason was given by the school for the latest disciplinary action. . . . Fresno State forward Daymond Forney, reinstated last week after a drug-related suspension, has left the team because he says the pressure of attending classes, practicing basketball and attending evening counseling sessions was too hard. . . . Dave Calloway, 29, the youngest Division I men's basketball coach, was given a three-year contract by Monmouth University. He had been the Hawks' interim coach since Jan. 17, when Wayne Szoke resigned. . . . Phil Gary, who compiled a 6-42 record in less than two seasons as coach at Chicago State, was told his contract will not be renewed. . . . Seven Minnesota women's basketball players--half the team--were suspended for a Big Ten tournament game against No. 24 Wisconsin for violating unspecified team rules.

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