BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) -- Knight had a meeting with his team Sunday night and afterward addressed a throng of students outside Assembly Hall, site of his encounter with freshman Kent Harvey last week.
"In the next couple days, I'm going to get together somewhere with as many students who want to come out, and then I'm going to tell you my side of this thing," the 59-year-old Knight told the crowd. "And I think you'll be interested in hearing it."
Knight may have tried to apologize, according to the Herald-Times of Bloomington.
Mark Shaw, stepfather of the student, said he was contacted Saturday by Knight's friend, Larry Rink, a Bloomington physician, who said the coach wanted to apologize.
Shaw, a Knight critic and former local talk-radio show host, drafted a statement of apology and faxed it to Rink on Sunday morning -- one hour after Knight was fired, the newspaper said. The statement called for Knight to take responsibility for the confrontation and to discourage criticism of Harvey and other witnesses.
Harvey could not be reached for comment late Sunday. A message on his dorm room phone said his voice mailbox was full.
Knight, who leaves with a 661-240 record, will be paid for the final two years of his contract. A search for his replacement has started.
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