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Todd Jadlow says Bob Knight punched him in the back of head, grabbed players by testicles

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Ahead of the release of his new book, former Hoosier star Todd Jadlow spoke to WTHR about the book’s contents — and new serious allegations against Indiana’s former coach.

Bobby Knight

There’s been no sign in recent years that Bob Knight has any interest in having a relationship with anyone at Indiana University. And as more and more comes out from his tenure leading the basketball program in Bloomington, it more seems like he shouldn’t be welcomed back in Assembly Hall.

Ahead of the release of his new book, WTHR’s Bob Kravitz spoke with former Indiana star Todd Jadlow about the contents of his new autobiography on his trials & tribulations with alcohol and drug use after leaving Bloomington. Inside, Jadlow speaks about his relationship with Knight and his time at Indiana from 1985-1989 -- including his time on the 1987 national championship team.

The allegations of Knight’s abusive (criminal) behavior are damning. From WTHR, Jadlow says:

  • That Knight punched him in the back of the head with a closed fist during a walkthrough for an NCAA Tournament game against Seton Hall.
  • That inside a sideline huddle during a 1989 game against Louisville – the game when Sports Illustrated famously captured a photo of the coach pushing Jadlow back onto the court -- Knight cracked a clipboard over Jadlow's head.
  • That after an NIT game in New York City, an enraged Knight once dug his hands so deeply into Jadlow's sides, he left bruises. Jadlow includes a picture of the bruises Knight left; "It's weird because I never carried a camera," he was telling me Friday over a Stromboli at Nick's. "But I had this thought, 'You know, if I ever write a book about my experiences, I want to have a picture of what he did to me.' "
  • That Knight made a habit, with Jadlow and others, of grabbing players by the testicles and squeezing.
  • That Knight continually called Daryl Thomas a "(bleeping) p-----" and once instructed the managers to wallpaper Thomas' locker with pictures of female genitalia. Knight also liked to throw tampons at Thomas, who took more abuse than anybody on Jadlow's teams.
  • That on the flight home after the 1986 NCAA Tournament loss to Cleveland State, Knight tore up the plane and ultimately grabbed Thomas by the neck and shook him violently.
  • That Knight made sport of Jadlow's facial tic in front of the entire team; in the book, former IU teammate Mark Robinson wrote that Knight yelled at Jadlow, "If you don't stop the (bleeping) twitching, I'm going to throw your ass out of here."
  • That during a practice, Knight forced Dean Garrett and Keith Smart to run hours of sprints while barking like dogs since they were, in his words, "playing like (bleeping) dogs."

"If he did those things today," Jadlow told WTHR, "he (Knight) would be in jail."

Bob Knight had no comment on the allegations, per the network, and surrogates said he’d have no interest in commenting on such allegations. This, of course, isn’t the first allegation of physical abuse from Knight. This famed video showed Knight choking the late Neil Reed at a 1997 practice.

Good riddance, Bob.