As I watched Bob Knight’s big ESPN interview last night, I got exactly what I expected, but not what I was hoping for. I was hoping to see a reticent Knight, admitting that he had done wrong in the past, that some of his explosions were inexcusable, that he welcomed the chance to show he was a better person than that. Instead, I saw the, strong headed, smarter than thou Knight, who is always right, and who still doesn’t understand what the fuss is all about. Knight is in total denial. He suggested repeatedly we compare his record of behavior over the last thirty years to anyone else’s. Everyone, he says, has lost their temper from time to time and done something they regret. Knight is giving us the classic “everybody does it” defense, made famous by President Clinton. I doubt that Knight approves of Clinton’s behavior, yet he’s using his techniques. Yes, everybody loses their temper, but few do it as often or as badly as Bob Knight has. He doesn’t see that. He won’t believe it. And because of that, he’ll cross the line again, and when he does finally get fired, he’ll still believe he’s right.
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Pembroke Hill has not lost its state titles just yet. Previous reports indicated Pembroke Hill would lose the basketball titles it won while Kareem and Jaron Rush played for the school, in the wake of Myron Piggie’s admission that he gave cash to the Rushes. Becky Oakes, Executive Director of the Missouri State High School Activities Association. says A final decision regarding Pembroke Hill’s titles has NOT been made, but the association’s by-laws do call for a forfeiture. Oakes says the MSHSAA board plans to meet with Pembroke Hill June 27th to decide if that will indeed be the penalty. Oakes says if Pembroke is forced to forfeit the championship games, the runners-up from 1997, 1998 and 1999 will be declared state champions for those years. In addition to the matter of student ineligibility, Pembroke may also receive additional penalties for lack of institutional control.
The Cardinals get another great pitching performance and one big hit. Rick Ankiel carried a no-hitter into the 6th before allowing a run, and Shawon Dunston provided a grand slam, to carry the Cards past Arizona, 6-1. Ankiel lost his no-hitter when opposing pitcher Omar Daal beat out a bunt that rolled on the third base line. Daal eventually scored. Matt Morris relieved in the 7th, his first appearance for the Cardinals since 1998. He pitched three shutout innings for his first career save. Tonight, the Cards will send Pat Hentgen to the hill against Randy Johnson.
Starter Jeff Suppan couldn’t get out of the third inning, and the Red Sox beat the Royals 8-2. Suppan allowed a two-run homer to Trot Nixon in the first, then gave up four runs in the third, including home runs by Carl Everett and Mike Stanley. Suppan allowed 8 hits and four walks in just 2 and 2/3 innings. He is 2-5. Jeff Fassero improved to 6-1 for the Sox. He gave up both Royals runs on 8 hits and one walk in 6 and 2/3. Tonight Mac Suzuki will start for the Royals against Boston’s Pete Schourek.
Central Missouri State will play another day at the Division II baseball championships in Montgomery, Alabama. The Mules beat Gardner-Webb 10-1, eliminating Gardner-Webb from the tournament. The Mules broke open a 1-1 game, scoring four runs in the fifth, and five more in the sixth. Thad Peeler drove in four of the runs for CMSU. The Mules will face the nation’s number one team, North Florida, Wednesday afternoon at 2:30, in another elimination game.
Mizzou has eight athletes competing in the NCAA outdoor track and field championships, which begin today at Duke University. Derrick Peterson headlines the Missouri contingent. He has won three NCAA championships in the 800 meter run, and an unprecedented eight Big 12 Conference titles, and will compete in the Olympic trials in July. Missouri has two competitors in the heptathalon, Michelle Moran, the Big 12 champ, and Jill Aholt. The rest of the Tiger contingent includes shot putter Christian Cantwell, Sunny Gilbert and Ashley Wysong in the women’s 800, Ryan Pirtle in the steeplechase, and Espen Strindeberg in the decathalon. The meet runs through Saturday.
Crystal City is the only team to reach the Class 1A-2A baseball tournament with a sub-.500 record. The tournament begins today in Columbia with the state semi-finals. St. Vincent faces Englewood Christian in a 1A semi-final this afternoon, follwed by Norwood against North Shelby. The 2A semis are this evening, with Cape Girardeau Notre Dame playing Kansas City St. Pius X at 5 pm, and Crystal City facing Forsyth at 8 pm. Crystal City was 5-14 at one point this season, but has won seven straight to reach the semi-finals with a 12-14 record. The Hornets played two-thirds of their regular season games against schools from higher classes.
Bob Sundvold’s top assistant coach at UMKC says he had nothing to do with Sundvold being fired. The Kansas City Star reports that last week Sundvold said he felt Steve Eck played a role in Sundvold’s dismissal. Eck says that is untrue. Eck points out that he had a chance to take at Seminole Junior College in Oklahoma and Sundvold encouraged him to turn it down, saying he would help Eck get a better job later. Eck came to UMKC this past season from Butler County Community College, along with Kangaroo’s star Michael Jackson and two other players.
Goalkeeper Tony Meola is going to stay in Kansas City for a while. Meola has agreed to a multi-year deal with the soccer team, that will keep him with the Wizards for three more years. After missing most of last season with a knee injury, Meola has shown the Wizards how good he can be this year. He has recorded nine shutouts in Kansas City’s first twelve games.
It’s opening night for the River City Rascals. The minor league baseball team that plays in O’Fallon begins its season tonight at home against the Evansville Otters. The Rascals finished 39-45 last season, when they were managed by former Cardinal slugger Jack Clark. Clark is now coaching in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization, and the Rascals will be managed this year by Neil Fiala, who coaches Southwestern Illinois College.Missouri’s other minor league team, the Ozark Mountain Ducks, beat San Angelo yesterday 10-2, banging out 17 hits. The Ducks are playing the Colts again this afternoon.