Indiana Coach Bob Knight, embroiled in another incident caused by his temper, admitted he was wrong in ordering his team to forfeit its exhibition basketball game to the Soviet Union.
Knight pulled the Hoosiers off the floor with 15:05 remaining in Saturday's game in Indianapolis after he was ejected following his third technical foul.
"I apologize to our fans for what should have been a good evening . . . a chance to see our players play," Knight said in remarks taped after the game. The show was to be broadcast by WTTV and other Indiana stations last night. Knight allowed Bob Hammel, sports editor of The Herald-Telephone in Bloomington, to attend the taping. Hammel's report on the program was published yesterday.
The Soviets, helped by six free throws following the three technicals against Knight, were leading by 66-43 when Indiana left the court. The Soviet team and coach declined comment.
"I had said publicly that winning the game wasn't important to me," Knight said during his show. "I didn't think it was a game we could have won under any circumstances. I think the Russians played much better than we did. As far as taking the team off the floor -- there are things I wish I could do over again. That is one of them."
Knight, who hit a Puerto Rico policeman during an incident at the 1979 Pan American Games and was disciplined after throwing a chair onto the floor during the 1984-85 season, said the latest incident began over a dispute involving a rule interpretation.
"I don't think I was right in what I did," Knight said.
"I just should have walked away from it," Knight said of the dispute with Jim Burr, a Big Ten Conference official assigned to the game. "It was a situation with an official I've had problems with in the past." . . .
The NCAA will not conduct drug testing at its Division I men's and women's cross country championships today at Virginia.
Karl Benson, an assistant director of championships for the NCAA, said in a news report the university was notified last week that testing would not occur. Benson said NCAA spokesman Jim Marchiony was in error when he said Friday night tests would be conducted at the meet.
He said the decision not to test the cross country championships was made earlier this month and was not related to a ruling by a California judge on Thursday that the NCAA's drug-testing program was unconstitutional.
Benson said the NCAA was conducting tests in some fall championship sports, but didn't say which ones . . .
Kim Rhock scored 20 points to lead Mount St. Mary's (2-0) over Navy, 72-62, for the championship of the West Chester women's basketball tournament in West Chester, Pa. Navy, led by Patty LiPoma's 20 points, is 1-1.