COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Bob Knight hasn't mellowed since passing
Dean Smith as the winningest coach in Division I men's basketball
when it comes to dealing with the media.
During the weekly Big 12 coaches' conference call on Monday, the
Texas Tech coach sparred with each of his questioners.
The sideline chin lift to get a player's attention during an
early season victory over Gardner-Webb was "a situation" created
by the media, he said.
Knight responded to the next question, about the historical
impact of the 3-point shot, with a curt reply.
He then deflected a question about his role as a reference for
Kansas State coach Bob Huggins. He called it a private conversation
-- if it even happened -- with Wildcats' athletic director Tim
"Who I talk to and who I don't talk to privately is just what
it is," he said. "I don't talk about phone conversations."
A follow-up question about the limited playing time of junior
forward Darryl Dora was the apparent last straw: The phone line
went dead on Knight's end.
The offending question: "What's it like to be in your
The assembled media had plenty of time to ponder that query,
with Knight dropping off just three minutes into his scheduled
10-minute time slot.
Knight moved past Smith, the former North Carolina coach, with a
home victory over New Mexico on Jan. 1. Knight has since added
three wins for a career record of 883-355 in 41 years at Army,
Indiana and Texas Tech (14-5, 3-1).