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Former Indiana University basketball coach Bob Knight is auctioning off three NCAA championship rings won at IU as well as a gold medal given to him by the Los Angeles Olympic Committee. The items could be in high demand, especially because of the recent resurgence of IU basketball, but IU officials are mum on the prospect of acquiring any of Knight’s memorabilia.
IU Psychology Professor Edward Hirt, who has done research into how fans interact with sports teams, anticipates the rings to be huge auction items.
“Expectations are at their peak, I mean IU is a preseason number one, and there is the sense of the program is back and back where it is,” he says. “That Crean has them on the road to being reestablished as a consistent contender. The timing is just wonderful.”
Though IU has a trove of artifacts from the three championships Bob Knight won while coaching the Hoosiers, Athletics Department Spokesman J.D. Campbell Tuesday would not say whether his department planned to enter the bidding for any of the several hundred items Knight plans to auction.
Bob Knight was fired as IU’s coach by then-president Myles Brand in September of 2000.