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Bob Knight dislikes Kentucky -- it's transparent

Posted on: February 29, 2012 11:33 am
Edited on: March 1, 2012 4:12 pm
 
Indulge me for a second and imagine this was college football season. And imagine there was a team, late in the season, that was demonstrably better than almost everyone else, bearing down on a spot in the BCS title game. Imagine that team was, say, Alabama. And imagine it had the likely Heisman Trophy winner in, say, Mark Ingram.

And imagine the most famous college football analyst in America, when asked about the top teams and players in the country, never mentioning the words "Alabama" or "Mark Ingram."

Couldn't happen, right? I don't care who he is -- Lou Holtz, Kirk Herbstreit, Gary Danielson, whoever -- no analyst could get away with that.

So why is Bob Knight getting away with it?

Why won't Bob Knight say the words "Kentucky" or "Anthony Davis?"

Knight was on the Mike and Mike show today, and he was talking about some of the top teams in the country. He glowed about Syracuse but never mentioned Kentucky, which is odd considering Kentucky is No. 1 in both polls. Of the 96 available votes in the two polls combined, Kentucky received 94 this week. Kentucky is the leading candidate not just for a No. 1 seed, but for the No. 1 overall seed, and is the overwhelming favorite of Vegas oddsmakers to win the title.

But Knight doesn't want to mention the Wildcats -- coached by John Calipari, whom Knight has verbally attacked in the past.

You could chalk that up as a matter of opinion, as Knight being vintage contrarian Knight, but not when you combine it with another recent segment of his -- when he was talking about the best players in the country. He never mentioned Kentucky's Anthony Davis, which is odd considering the rest of the country considers Davis and Kansas' Thomas Robinson not just the leading candidates for national POY ... but the only candidates for national POY. And as an added bonus, Davis is the presumptive No. 1 overall pick if he enters the 2012 NBA Draft.

But Knight doesn't want to mention Davis -- coached by John Calipari, whom Knight has verbally attacked in the past.

This sort of thing, coming from an analyst, is about as brazen and ridiculous as a coach throwing a chair across the court or grabbing a player by the neck and having it caught on video.

So why is Bob Knight getting away with it?








Comments

Since: Dec 30, 2006
Posted on: March 3, 2012 1:09 am
 

Bob Knight dislikes Kentucky -- it's transparent

0-1 against IU this year



Since: Mar 2, 2012
Posted on: March 2, 2012 11:27 pm
 

Bob Knight dislikes Kentucky -- it's transparent

I don't think that UNLV's athletic program brings in enoughf money to pay Coach Cal's salary. And why is it that we will be on probation? It just sounds like wishfull thinking. Why is it that you don't hear the same things about Nick Saben, considering the talent level he attracts? Players are going to go to the program / coach that will give them the best chance to get to the next level. In the world of college basketball UK is at the top of the food chain. Adolf Rupp built a great program that thankfully is stronger than ever. Love it or hate it, we have more wins than any other program, ...EVER. GO BIG BLUE!!!!!



Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: March 2, 2012 11:25 pm
 

Bob Knight dislikes Kentucky -- it's transparent

Hey jetsetjoe! Coach Calipari doesn't want your goofy kid anyway, so just shut up! I hear your son can't hit anything outside of 8 feet so he's really not Wildcat Worthy, but I hear that Bowling Green has a 12th man seat that has jetjoejr's name on it.



Since: Feb 22, 2010
Posted on: March 2, 2012 10:41 pm
 

Bob Knight dislikes Kentucky -- it's transparent

It is ESPN/CBS and whoever listen that pays the price for this loser who is the IU Bob Night..............he knows not what he says or how he acts.  He is a loser.



Since: Mar 23, 2007
Posted on: March 2, 2012 10:28 pm
 

Bob Knight dislikes Kentucky -- it's transparent

It's annoying, but it doesn't really matter that much. Knight only hurts himself here by ignoring the need to present himself with some level of objective analysis, and destroys his professional credibility. Then again, given his history, this kind of thing isn't a surprise. You're right Doyel, in that the real question is why ESPN doesn't correct him. Maybe, though, he is just expected to be a mascot for ESPN -  there for name recognition and nostalgia rather than the level of work they'd normally expect from a real analyst.



Since: Aug 12, 2007
Posted on: March 2, 2012 10:06 pm
 

Calipari leaving UK on probation

UKCatsPride you won't be so happy when Calipari leaves UK on probation for his new job at UNLV.



Since: Mar 2, 2012
Posted on: March 2, 2012 10:01 pm
 

Bob Knight dislikes Kentucky -- it's transparent

Tiger, 


I wander who has a better win percentage? I don't think he would really want to touch his jock strap.  



Since: Aug 12, 2007
Posted on: March 2, 2012 9:54 pm
 

Doyel is an idiot

So Doyel has a problem with Bob Knight.  Shocking.  Let's see:
1. Doyel The Wuss would have wilted under Knight, instead of becoming a man.
2. Doyel has no recollection of the unethical conduct of Calipari, and the UK program...
3. ...such as bags of money ripping open at the post office headed for Kentucky recruits.
4. ...such as Calipari bringing disgrace to UMass and Memphis, only to find a new home at...guess where...Kentucky!  Hahahahaha
I would never send my kid to play for Calipari.
And I can't blame Knight for disregarding the whole cheatin' UK "program"      
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Since: Nov 17, 2009
Posted on: March 2, 2012 9:53 pm
 

Bob Knight dislikes Kentucky -- it's transparent

Bob Knight does not like KY beauce he has a loosing record against the CATS all time.  He never wanted to play at Rupp Arena.  He has  lost it mentally!  He needs to get off the air.  No respect to this years team (Him & Digger).  Go Cats prove these jokers wrong!!!!



Since: Mar 2, 2012
Posted on: March 2, 2012 9:51 pm
 

Bob Knight dislikes Kentucky -- it's transparent

We have known his man and his approach for how many years--35 at least for sure! Is this news and worth writing about? Yes, he may have a vendetta against UK but that is such old news! And, why is it a problem if he is critical of someone yet ok for you, Greg, to be critical of him? Pot calling the kettle black it sounds like to me. We all have our blind spots. Clearly the other media people have their agendas/blind spots as well. CBS is no different than others. Would prefer you use your obvious writing and analytical skills to focus on some of the positive aspects instead of always attacking people/institutions. Why don't you rise above the muck so many in your business are constantly in?


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