Nearly two decades after Indiana University fired the iconic former coach, two years since his unceremonious departure from ESPN, and just months removed from Knight’s full-throated political endorsement of Donald Trump, Sports Illustrated senior writer Jon Wertheim (a Bloomington native and noted Hoosier basketball fan) takes a long look at The General’s increasingly bizarre—and sad—legacy.
In a wide-ranging interview, Indiana’s athletics director assesses the basketball program under Crean’s leadership—and addresses the questions surrounding the coach’s job security.
At the start of this season, they were calling for the coach’s head. Then his team cracked the national rankings and made a case for the NCAA tournament. Now comes the hard part: winning back Hoosier Nation.