Indiana guard Neil Reed said Tuesday he will not return for his senior season, alleging "verbal attacks and physical assaults" from coach Bob Knight.
A day after the Hoosiers' season-ending loss to Colorado in the NCAA Tournament, Knight told Reed on Friday he would not play next season, the coach and player said. Reed said Knight told him he did not measure up to the coach's standards of leadership.
"Coach Knight has led the public to believe that I am the negative focal point for the team and (he) has continued his long-standing tradition of verbal attacks and physical assaults on his players and his coaches," Reed said in a statement released by the Adams & Reese law firm in New Orleans. "I have personally been at the forefront of those focused attacks."
Knight could not be reached for comment. An athletic department statement said Knight "denies the aspects of Neil's statement. The university feels that it is inappropriate to comment further at this time."
Reed said he could have worked through the difficulties and stayed, "but the choice was not mine."
Before Reed's statement was released, Knight told Indianapolis TV stations he met with Reed and juniors Andrae Patterson, Richard Mandeville and Robbie Eggers to discuss their futures. Knight said all four players were told what was expected of them next season and that each was given an invitation to play elsewhere.
The parents of Patterson and Mandeville said those players reconciled with Knight.
SETON HALL: Tommy Amaker, part of Duke's run of seven Final Four appearances over nine years as a player and an assistant coach, was hired as the Pirates' coach.
Amaker, 31, replaced George Blaney, fired this month after compiling a 38-48 record over three seasons, including 10-18 this year. Amaker never has been a head coach. He served Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski as a graduate assistant in 1988 and has been with Krzyzewski in a full-time capacity since, the past two seasons as associate head coach.
The school scheduled a news conference today to introduce its new coach.
LSU: Sports information director Herb Vincent said Mississippi coach Rob Evans was given an offer to succeed longtime Tigers coach Dale Brown, who is retiring.
Evans, who this season directed Ole Miss to its first 20-win season since 1938, interviewed for the second time with LSU athletic director Joe Dean on Tuesday. Evans returned to Oxford to discuss his options with Ole Miss AD Pete Boone.
Evans took Ole Miss to its first NCAA Tournament berth in 16 years this season. The Rebels lost to Temple in the first round.
MICHIGAN: The school has hired an Overland Park, Kan., law firm to investigate allegations of impropriety in its program, university president Lee Bollinger said.
CINCINNATI: Coach Bob Huggins won't say whether he's interested in the head coaching job at Ohio State, but he denies reports he has tried to drum up support from influential Buckeyes boosters.
"I haven't called anybody," the former Ohio State assistant said. "I've been trying to win games."
Huggins' eighth year as coach of the Bearcats ended Saturday with a 67-66 loss to Iowa State in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Cincinnati ended its season 26-8 after being the Associated Press' preseason pick to win the national championship.
EX-PLAYER HOLMES DEAD: Baskerville Holmes, who took his name from a Sherlock Holmes story and played for Memphis State in the 1985 Final Four, was found shot to death in Memphis, Tenn., with his girlfriend in an apparent murder-suicide, police said.
Holmes, 32, and Tanya Franklin were dead when police arrived at their home Tuesday morning.
Relatives told WHBQ-TV Holmes was upset after being laid off from his job at a trucking company.
Holmes played for Memphis State from 1982-1986 and was a member of the 1985 squad that lost to Villanova 52-45 in the semifinals.