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Bob Knight commits secondary recruiting violation

Posted on: October 19, 2011 9:55 am
Edited on: October 19, 2011 9:58 am
 


By Matt Norlander


Just because you're long out of the coaching game doesn't mean you can't commit an NCAA violation.

It's looking like Bob Knight talked to a couple of recruits on the phone, and since those recruits have verbally agreed to play at Lamar, where son Pat Knight coaches, then an NCAA violation did indeed take place. Only basketball staff members, with a few exceptions, can speak with recruits about joining any sports program. Even though Bob Knight is Pat's father, he's considered a person of influence; it's why universities do their best to get famous alums around the schools as frequently as possible. Those notable alums can't speak directly to recruits, but their presence can have an influence.

It must be noted Knight had a near-flawless record with the NCAA during his coaching career. His Hall of Fame tenure at Indiana revolved around winning a ton of games (and three national titles), graduating his players and not breaking the rules. The fact this likely secondary violation has occurred drips with irony.

From the Indianapolis Star:
Regarding his conversation with Bob Knight, Minton said, “He told me that he thought I’ d be a good fit for the program and said he hoped he’d see me at Lamar.” The Beaumont Enterprise reported last week that the players “attended the Lamar football game Saturday and talked by phone with Bob Knight.”

NCAA spokesman Erik Christianson said he couldn’t comment specifically on the Lamar situation because he didn’t know the details. He added, however, “Generally speaking, telephone calls to prospects can only be made by coaching staff members or those listed in the exceptions.” The exceptions include the university president and academic advisors.
Lamar is reported to be dealing with the situation internally right now, and it's likely they'll self-report and receive a slap on the wrist. Pat Knight, who's about as different from his dad as you could expect, didn't hide from the issue. In fact, in the following  135 words, he sounds a lot like Pop.

“It was a quick hello on the phone and that was it,” he told the Star. “We recruited the heck out of the kids. He had nothing to do with that. I mean, he just was excited we were recruiting Indiana again and wanted to say hello to them and that was it.”

Pat Knight added, “At least I’m not paying them. The NCAA should look into guys that are paying players and not worry about guys that are doing it the right way. ... I don’t care if my dad is a celebrity or not. I think it’s (expletive), honestly. The guy is my dad. If he wants to say hello to a recruit, he can. If we get reprimanded, fine. They need to check into guys that are outright cheating instead of nickel-dime stuff like that.”

And ... scene. Thank you, Pat Knight.

Photo: AP
Comments

Since: Oct 19, 2011
Posted on: October 19, 2011 11:05 pm
 

Bob Knight commits secondary recruiting violation

Bob Knight, The MAN; the GENERAL the Legend, pure success - the creeps at NCAA set him up again, they're slimdogs!



Since: Oct 19, 2011
Posted on: October 19, 2011 11:04 pm
 

Bob Knight commits secondary recruiting violation

Myles Brand absolutely ruined the NCAA!!!!!!!






Since: Oct 19, 2011
Posted on: October 19, 2011 11:02 pm
 

Bob Knight commits secondary recruiting violation

NCAA is a bunch a childish basterds! Pussies Deluxe....





Since: Jul 22, 2010
Posted on: October 19, 2011 10:32 pm
 

Bob Knight commits secondary recruiting violation

 The NCAA has a lot to think about.  Why in the hell does it matter if you use your Dad in a phone conversatiion, no matter who you are.  Michael Jordans kids got into school partly because of his name, why is that not a violation.  It shouldn't be, I'm asking what the differance is.  So your Dad is an ex-coach, and one of the best ever, what is wrong with using that to your advantage.  The NCAA inforces all these ridiculus rules, yet allows the BCS (to make more $), let's teams to switch conferences at will (to make more $), Sells out to the highest bidder on TV rights (to make more $), and has the balls to preach what is wrong or right at the same time.  I guess the NCAA has the book on ethics!  What a joke this is becoming.  I would shut my mouth forever, if you allowed a coach to give a player a quarter to call home after a family member dies.  At this point that is still a violation.  Think hard about this all of you!  I'm out!



Since: May 31, 2010
Posted on: October 19, 2011 10:11 pm
 

Bob Knight commits secondary recruiting violation

Crean has done NOTHING with out D Wade and I'm so tired of hearing sbout the 2012 class for the last 3 years hopefullu they will be become relevant sometime soon so I can hate them appropriately
 



Since: May 31, 2010
Posted on: October 19, 2011 10:11 pm
 

Bob Knight commits secondary recruiting violation

Crean has done NOTHING with out D Wade and I'm so tired of hearing sbout the 2012 class for the last 3 years hopefullu they will be become relevant sometime soon so I can hate them appropriately
 



Since: Apr 7, 2009
Posted on: October 19, 2011 9:44 pm
 

Bob Knight commits secondary recruiting violation

Couldn't have said it better myself.  A true Buckeye!



Since: Nov 9, 2008
Posted on: October 19, 2011 9:19 pm
 

Bob Knight commits secondary recruiting violation

This is crap!
OBTW: For those that thought Bob Knight was a horses a##... he's got nothing on son Pat Knight! 



Since: Aug 20, 2006
Posted on: October 19, 2011 9:12 pm
 

Bob Knight commits secondary recruiting violation

cali chokey couldnt carry knights championship rings



Since: Dec 29, 2009
Posted on: October 19, 2011 9:03 pm
 

Bob Knight commits secondary recruiting violation

The rules may be stupid, but they should apply to everyone. Bobby Knight impunes Calipari's integrity because of rules violations by a player (Camby) and for playing a kid the NCAA cleared (Rose). Knight may have been a great coach but he's a small person (and a terrible announcer) - please, just fade away from memory!


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