INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indiana Supreme Court has declined to
hear a lawsuit accusing Indiana University of violating the state's
open meetings law in the days leading up to the firing of
basketball coach Bob Knight.
That kills the suit filed by 46 fans six years ago, with the
university's actions being upheld.
The fans sued the university in October 2000, a month after
then-president Myles Brand fired Knight for violating a
"zero-tolerance" policy for misbehavior. Knight, now the coach at
Texas Tech, was fired after he angrily grabbed the arm of a student
who greeted him by his last name.
The fans claimed IU's nine-member board of trustees illegally
met in two private sessions with Brand to discuss Knight's status.
University attorneys argued the sessions did not constitute a
meeting under state law because a majority of the board members
were not present for either one.
A Clark County judge appointed to hear the case ruled against
the fans in May 2005, and the Indiana Court of Appeals upheld the
decision in June.