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KNIGHT TELLS KING HE STAYED TOO LONG

On television and in familiar form again, Bob Knight had more harsh words for Indiana University in the latest broadcast interview to follow his firing.

During a one-hour interview Wednesday night on "Larry King Live," Knight criticized the way Indiana's administration, particularly school president Myles Brand, handled his dismissal, saying he should have left sooner.

"I'm disappointed that I stayed at Indiana for five years under a president like Brand," Knight said.

Brand fired Knight on Sept. 10, saying the coach violated a "zero-tolerance" policy that had been in place since May. Knight, as he did in an interview on ESPN two weeks ago, said terms of that agreement weren't made clear.

Knight, who spent 29 years at Indiana, said school administrators could have handled the situation in a less obtrusive manner.

"All they had to do is say, 'We don't want you as a coach any longer,'" he said. "Just tell me you don't want me here, and we avoid a lot of stuff."

Knight took exception when King suggested that the coach and Indiana athletic director Clarence Doninger were once close friends.

"We started out as pretty good acquaintances and I think ended up on opposite sides," Knight said.

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