A selection committee recommended yesterday to the U.S. Olympic Committee that Bob Knight, Indiana University's basketball coach, be chosen to coach the U.S. Olympic basketball team in the 1984 Games in Los Angeles.
The recommendation was made by the men's games committee of the Amateur Basketball Association-USA, and will be considered by the full ABA-USA council and by the U.S. Olympic Committee. Brice Durbin, Games committee chairman, thinks the recommendation will be approved.
Knight's teams at Indiana won NCAA championships in 1976 and 1981. He was Big Ten coach of the year in 1973, 1975, 1976, 1980 and 1981.
In 1979, Knight coached the U.S. team at the Pan American Games in Puerto Rico, where he was involved in an incident with local police at a practice session. He was subsequently charged with assaulting a police officer, a misdemeanor. A month later, he was tried in absentia, found guilty, sentenced to six months in jail and fined $500. He then offered his resignation at Indiana. It was rejected, and the governor of the state said he would not allow Knight to be extradited.
A Puerto Rico government official later said that Knight would not be extradited. Knight said he didn't plan to return to Puerto Rico anyway.
Knight could be the third coach to win amateur basketball's triple crown of an NCAA, NIT and Olympic championship. The others are Pete Newell and Dean Smith.