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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: Sep 26, 2008
Posted on: March 2, 2012 3:57 pm
 

Bob Knight dislikes Kentucky -- it's transparent

If UK runs the table from here on out and wins the National Title ... and they have the team to do it. At least IU was the team to keep them from an undefeated season.
Poetic justice for the 1975 IU team. Any of you remember that one? 

I was REALLY waiting for this one.

Congrats on being the ONLY team to beat Kentucky. I'm sure most UK fans will sit there and cry about it as the UK team is lifting banner #8 into Rupp Arena's rafters.


Or, to better explain it.....who gives a ****.


That was your Super Bowl. Lord knows once Indiana plays outside of Assembly Hall in the NCAA TOurnament, you will be done by the round of 32.




Since: Sep 26, 2008
Posted on: March 2, 2012 3:54 pm
 

Bob Knight dislikes Kentucky -- it's transparent

IU,


ALL UK fans have read that newspaper article, by someone who was paid to interpret the information in a way they found fitting (Can I get a PETE THAMEL, anyone????). The NCAA reduced scholarships because the infractions were minor, which is typically what happens. The NCAA "chose to look the other way", because there was nothing else to look at. No other violations had occurred. That was the stance of the NCAA, who, in case you don't know, is the governing body of the collegiate athletics, does when there isn't anything there to punish. 

Unlike IU when Kelvin Sampson BLATANTLY broke the rules....rules he had already been busted for breaking at Oklahoma. Yet, Indiana hired him anyway. I guess you could say that Indiana has a bigger recent history of cheating than Kentucky, and that Indiana is prone to doing it again. REALLY makes you wonder just how bad Tom Crean is cheating to get all of these players he didn't stand a snowball's chance in hell of getting prior to now. 



Since: Jan 24, 2011
Posted on: March 2, 2012 3:51 pm
 

Bob Knight dislikes Kentucky -- it's transparent

Hey IU554:  The old news may be that so often translation is lost in multitude.  But if you or we are talking about the story subject line, it is why Knight gets away with not mentioning UK and/or Davis as best team and best player this season.  Drank my kool-aid along time ago on RM Knight.  Nothing but a frustrated, warped old man who had numerous issues even if he did not cheat to win.  Why he gets by with his bias on a national level network and broadcast?  Who knows?  But like so much of his past and present, he has lost so much respect from so many and from my perspective is simply a bitter ex coach.  Do not mention KY or UK, Knight.  Who cares if you do or not.  Your opinion and your thoughts are worth about as close to nothing valuable as possible and your not mentioning is humorous.



Since: Nov 23, 2009
Posted on: March 2, 2012 3:50 pm
 

Bob Knight dislikes Kentucky -- it's transparent

If UK runs the table from here on out and wins the National Title ... and they have the team to do it. At least IU was the team to keep them from an undefeated season.
Poetic justice for the 1975 IU team. Any of you remember that one? 




Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: March 2, 2012 3:48 pm
 

Bob Knight dislikes Kentucky -- it's transparent

I hate WalMart and I hate Bob Knight, but you better not call me a hater.



Since: Sep 26, 2008
Posted on: March 2, 2012 3:48 pm
 

Bob Knight dislikes Kentucky -- it's transparent

 know it's old news, but we are talking about why Knight won't say the words "Kentucky"



Because he's a dick?



Since: Dec 1, 2011
Posted on: March 2, 2012 3:34 pm
 

Bob Knight dislikes Kentucky -- it's transparent

Kentucky cheated for so many years, and Knight played by the rules ... so he gets a pass on this one.

Cal, with a clean record, doesn't get a pass, but Bob gets caught and get a pass. I think not.

Knight is a cheater.



Since: Nov 23, 2009
Posted on: March 2, 2012 3:33 pm
 

Bob Knight dislikes Kentucky -- it's transparent

UKsmithfan:

I know it's old news, but we are talking about why Knight won't say the words "Kentucky"




Since: Mar 2, 2012
Posted on: March 2, 2012 3:33 pm
 

Bob Knight dislikes Kentucky -- it's transparent

Think about the ultimate irony that could happen if Kentucky runs the table from here on out. 

What are the two places or schools that he hates the most: Kentucky and IU.

If Kentucky runs the table and wins the National Championship the team he would have to thank for making his 1976 Hoosier team
the last team to go undefeated throughout the season would be?  Yep, that is right IU.

So not only would he not be able to mention the name of the team that won the National Championship he wouldn't be able to thank the team that kept his teams unbeaten record alive, which is IU because he won't recognize them either.



Since: Nov 23, 2009
Posted on: March 2, 2012 3:32 pm
 

Bob Knight dislikes Kentucky -- it's transparent

As a follow-up to my prior email ... because young UK fans always want proof about their cheating past. Here is a quote from a Kansas City newspaper that describes the cheating Knight was up against when he was winning championships:

In 1976, the NCAA announced Kentucky scholarships would be limited for two seasons because of recruiting violations by Coach Joe B. Hall’s staff. Except for that hand slap, the NCAA looked the other way and studiously avoided any investigations into Wildcat basketball during the remainder of Hall’s tenure as head coach.  Kentucky’s free ride came in spite of a 1985 story broken by the Lexington (KY) Herald-Leader about UK paying players and recruits. It was supported by 31 former players’ admissions that were impossible to ignore.  One story from a person who was in the room is that recruit Sam Bowie, who was having a tough time playing cards in a hotel room before the 1979 McDonald's All-America game, made a phone call. A shoebox with $5,000 in it was at the door of the room in 15 minutes. It was also reported that for years, Athletic Director Cliff Hagan’s restaurant had given free meals to UK players.
So, given apparent immunity by the NCAA, the tradition of breaking rules continued even under the Eddie Sutton regime. It started with the recruitment of Eric Manual, who (according to the NCAA) with apparent assistance from an assistant coach, copied ‘answer for answer’ from another student on the ACT test. He had failed several times before. Shortly afterwards, it was found that a package from the Kentucky basketball offices to recruit Chris Mills’ father contained approximately $1,000 in cash.  Kentucky was also recruiting classroom liabilities like Shawn Kemp and Sean Woods. Both were academically ineligible when they entered Kentucky. Kemp would leave school shortly thereafter, after having been found with stolen gold jewelry belonging to Sutton's son, Sean, who also played on the team.

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