© St. Petersburg Times, published April 15, 2001
Your passion for the Masters and my favorite sport were never more evident than in commentary on the remarkable Grand Slam achievement of Tiger Woods.
Earlier in the week, you said Tiger was embraced with respect at Augusta National but much less gallery love than Nicklaus, Mickelson, Love, Norman and certainly Palmer. That was evident after his birdie putt dropped on the final hole.
People did applaud and, I believe, appreciate his heroics, but they still do not heavily embrace the young man. That is clear. Being an African-American golfer myself, I would like to think personal deportment, ideals and class can overcome all. Thanks for saying that if Tiger were your son, you would be proud of how he handles it all.
-- Julius Calhoun, Boston
Hubert says: Being there, where history is made, has always been an extraordinary perk.
I read your very good column about Bobby Knight and Texas Tech. As an alumnus, I'm excited about the marriage. I appreciate your nice comments about the university of Lubbock and have been amazed at the really nasty things some sports writers have written.
-- Dr. George Stanley, Lawton, Okla.
You showed Lubbock in a positive light, but I also read Bernie Lincicome (Rocky Mountain News, Denver) saying, "Tech is the perfect place for Knight -- nowhere." His inaccurate portrayal makes it obvious Lincicome hasn't been there.
-- Chrystal Kasch, via e-mail
You sucker, trying to believe Knight can go to Texas Tech and not be the same boorish, vulgar jerk he was at Indiana. For a while I thought no school would be so dumb as to hire him. I was wrong. Texas Tech was wrong.
-- Carolyn Hess, St. Petersburg
I'm from Indiana and was devastated and furious the day IU let the General go. From the time of Isiah Thomas in the early '80s, I've not missed a game. I will forever be Bob Knight's fan, even if it means I have to become a Texas Tech fan.
-- Rob Stelling, Princeton, Ind.
We've been slammed in the press so much, it was refreshing to hear you say we are not just hicks in a tumbleweed town.
-- Brad Trimble, Lubbock, Texas
Thanks for not doing the typical sports writer MO, painting Texas Tech and Lubbock in a negative light. As a Tech alum, I really appreciate the fairness.
-- Thame Chapman, Lubbock, Texas
We have been worried about coach Knight, as I am sure you have. I cannot believe, after all the good he did for so many kids, that he was treated so poorly by Indiana University. It is their loss. I'm going to buy a Texas Tech hat and wear it on vacation in Mexico.
-- Jim Wolff, Franklin, Ind.
As a Tech Tech graduate, I am appalled by most stories written in regard to Bobby Knight going to my school as basketball coach. Yes, it's a remote location, but you would be hard pressed to find better people than those in Lubbock.
I hope you make it back to Lubbock real soon. Mike Leach has our football team on the rise with his air attack. We may have no more Donny Andersons, but it is exciting.
-- Scott Ingle, Houston
IU's president had to fire Knight in order to return to the school an academic focus -- a school whose ranking continued to slide every year under (Myles) Brand. Looks like a perfect fit at TT for Knight, who puts academics first. Thanks for not borrowing all the hackneyed rhetoric of other writers. I don't think I can stand to read about that chair one more time.
-- Mary Ann McCarty, IU '76, via e-mail
I am a Lubbock native, a Tech alum and a former St. Petersburg resident. You presented Lubbock in a very accurate and very positive light.
I have been a big fan of your column for 10 years and am an even bigger fan now.
-- Brian Zielinski, via e-mail
Hubert says: So the Knight show is on in Lubbock. He has full, well-funded, widely supported Lubbock opportunity to show that the old General can be a new, more in control yet efficient basketball coach who brings consistent honor and joy to his school rather than frequent controversy.
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