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Bob Knight speaks at Clowes By Lance Rinker Sports Editor

Photo by Taylor Cox

Butler sophomore Adekunle Oluyedun (center) engages in a battle for the ball with Bradley senior midfielder Luke Wasylik during a match earlier this season. Oluyedun recorded Butler’s only shot on goal in a 4-0 loss to Louisville on Saturday.


No. 7 Louisville overwhelms Bulldogs By Matt Rhinesmith Assistant Sports Editor After being on the winning side of four straight matches, the Butler men’s soccer team suffered a 4-0 loss to defending national champion Louisville on Saturday. The Cardinals (7-1), who boast a No. 7 ranking nationally, showed they were comfortable playing at home in a non-conference game. “Louisville is clearly one of the best teams in the nation,” Butler head coach Paul Snape said. “They’re very sharp, they control the ball, they have great flow and rhythm, and they’re very tight defensively.” The Cardinals got their first goal in the 19th minute when redshirt senior Mark Knight deposited a header into the net for a 1-0 Louisville lead. Minutes later, the Cardinals boosted their advantage to 2-0 on a goal from junior

“We have to get better defensively, and we have to keep the ball and use it wisely.”


Michael Roman. “We have to get better defensively, and we have to keep the ball and use it wisely,” Snape said. A first half struggle that saw Butler outshot 12-3 continued in the second half for the Bulldogs. Louisville juniors Buck Tufty and Chase Rodgers added goals two and a half minutes apart to hand the Cardinals a commanding 4-0 lead. The Cardinals dominated the Bulldogs in shots (24-7) and shots on goal (7-1) as they controlled the offensive attack throughout the contest. “Some of our guys had never played in a game with such high tempo, and that will help us as

we move forward,” Snape said. Butler freshman Zach Steinberger and sophomore Adekunle Oluyedun each had two shots for the Bulldogs, with Oluyedun responsible for the only shot on goal. Sophomore goalkeeper Jon Dawson had three saves in a full game of action but went home with his second loss of the season. “We played well for a 20-minute stretch in the second half,” Snape said. “We were creating chances, and if you came in at that time and didn’t look at the scoreboard, you would have thought the match was even.” The Bulldogs will end

their six-match road trip on Wednesday against Indiana University— Purdue University Fort Wayne. After that, they will return to the friendly confines of the Butler Bowl for their Horizon League opener versus Milwaukee-Wisconsin on Saturday at 5 p.m. The Panthers (3-4-0) lost their only road game so far this season 4-1 to IPFW. Last year, Butler traveled to Concordia University to take on Milwaukee. There, the Bulldogs walked away with a 2-0 shutout victory. Despite the win, the Panthers still lead the lifetime series 15-11-1.

The thunderous applause that met Bob Knight’s ears last week may still be echoing off the walls inside Clowes Memorial Hall. A crowd of more than 1,600 turned out to hear the winningest coach in Divison I men’s basketball history recount his life and coaching career. Knight, who led Indiana to three national titles, was greeted by a standing ovation before even beginning his speech. Amid immense success, Knight’s career was often clouded by controversy. Several altercations, including a former player’s claim that Knight choked him during a 1997 practice, led to Knight’s demise as head coach of the Hoosiers. In 2000, Knight resigned after 29 seasons at Indiana. Despite the controversial final act in Bloomington, Knight has remained an icon in the eyes of many Hoosier basketball fans, including longtime season ticket holder John Morawski. “Still, people love him for what he did for basketball, IU and the state,” Morawski said. Just as Knight’s candid responses and free-spirited court presence entertained audiences during his coaching days, Knight didn’t disappoint the Clowes Hall crowd. “I didn’t know what to expect,” Morawski said. “You never know what to expect with coach Knight. But he exceeded all expectations

tonight. He was humorous, philosophical and gave me chills reliving some of the great moments in IU basketball history.” In a speech that lasted more than an hour, Knight recounted career highlights, such as coaching Michael Jordan on the 1984 U.S. Olympic team and Hoosier guard Keith Smart’s game-winning shot in the 1987 NCAA National Championship game. Knight took more time, however, stressing the value he placed on academic success in his programs. “The most pleasing thing for me was the graduation rate we had,” Knight said. “My obligation was not to see that he made the AllAmerica team. It was to see that he got a degree.” Upon leaving Indiana, Knight served as head coach at Texas Tech from 2001-08, leading the Red Raiders to six postseason appearances. Since retiring from coaching, Knight has worked as a studio analyst and part-time color commentator for ESPN. After years of being at the mercy of referees, Knight has the power in the form of a microphone. Now, when Knight doesn’t agree with a referee’s call, his objection isn’t just heard by those within earshot. Knight can display his displeasure to hundreds of thousands of viewers. “When the officials come out on the court, I hold the microphone out so they can see it,” Knight said through a grin.


Bulldogs overcome youth at Purdue By Luke Shaw Sports Staff Writer With a roster that includes six freshmen, the Butler men’s tennis team hit the road this weekend to open its 2011-2012 season at the Purdue Invitational. Butler was led by promising freshman Tommy Marx, who advanced into the semifinals in the B singles bracket. Marx led the Bulldogs with three wins. His lone loss came to Toledo freshman Grant Adams. Freshmen Billy Weldon and Pulok Bhattacharya, along with senior Stephen McLoughlin, each earned a victory in a singles match. Together with Weldon, freshman Austin Woldmoe, who lost his first singles match, led the Bulldogs in doubles with a record of two wins and one loss. The pair was victorious in the first match by a score of 8-3 over senior Paul Swanson and freshman Michael Tebon of Green Bay. Weldon and Woldmoe’s great play continued into their second match against Toledo, which they won by a score of 8-1 over sophomore Ben Brocker and Adams. The victory earned them a spot in the semifinal round of the B doubles bracket. The duo narrowly lost the semifinal match to junior Mike Ward and sophomore Michael Nott of Arkansas, who went on to take the B doubles title. The Bulldogs will next hit the courts Sept. 30 against Ball State at the Cardinal Creek Tennis Center in Muncie. The three-day match against the 2010-11 Mid-American Conference champion Cardinals will be a tough test for the young Bulldogs. Ball State’s roster features eight upperclassmen, while Butler’s features just two.


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