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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

Since: Jan 26, 2007
Posted on: October 19, 2011 12:21 pm

Bob Knight commits secondary recruiting violation

Wow.....that must have been huge. Stealing those recruits from Sam Houston State. Fire him.

Since: Oct 2, 2007
Posted on: October 19, 2011 12:08 pm

Bob Knight commits secondary recruiting violation

If this really is the true story then what's the big deal?  Coming from a Texas Tech student who was ready for Pat to go (but wish him the best) I see no problem with this.  He said hello, glad you are coming on the phone.  At least he's not out there shmoozing them with dinners, lavish nightlife and money like other programs and coaches in the country (see John Calipari).  The NCAA needs to take a careful look at it's rules and revamp them to see what is a recruiting violation and what is not.  Some of these things are just completely on the verge of lunacy.

Since: Oct 19, 2011
Posted on: October 19, 2011 11:53 am

Bob Knight commits secondary recruiting violation

Just like with Tressel, the only rules Bobby Knight considers dumb are the ones he and his friends break.  Jim Tressel is a pillar of all that is right with college athletics.
Funny how Knights cozy relationship with the Pump brothers is never mentioned and that dates back to the 70's.

Since: Dec 15, 2008
Posted on: October 19, 2011 11:16 am

Bob Knight commits secondary recruiting violation

I like Pat Knight's honesty, so here's some more... Who cares about Lamar basketball?

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