Posted on: September 16, 2010 8:14 pm
Edited on: September 16, 2010 8:15 pm
Howard Garfinkel's third annual "Clinic to End All Clinics" is scheduled for Friday at Manhattan College with a first-class list of speakers -- among them Connecticut's Jim Calhoun, Villanova's Jay Wright and Michigan State's Tom Izzo. Former NBA coach Lawrence Frank and Rutgers' C. Vivian Stringer are also scheduled to speak.
The clinic runs from 9 a.m. to 4:20 p.m. at Draddy Gymnasium.
Registration is $150 and lunch will be catered by the Carnegie Deli -- where (and this has nothing to do with anything) I once sat a table with Garfinkel, Manhattan coach Barry "Slice" Rohrssen, and Hall of Famer Bob Knight, and I watched them order a plate of bacon for dessert. Seriously. Bacon for dessert. Seemed crazy, but maybe I'm missing something.
(I just ordered cheesecake.)
Anyway, for more information call Garfinkel at 212-246-3063 or 646-275-9818.
In all seriousness, this is a really nice basketball event.
Posted on: December 18, 2009 3:28 pm
John Clay of the Lexington Herald-Leader has posted video of John Calipari discussing Bob Knight's controversial comments about the Kentucky coach. In case you missed it, here's what Knight said at a Thursday night fundraiser: "We've gotten into this situation where integrity is really lacking and that's why I'm glad I'm not coaching. You see we've got a coach at Kentucky who put two schools on probation and he's still coaching. I really don't understand that."
Click this link to watch Calipari's response.
Posted on: December 18, 2009 6:22 am
Edited on: December 18, 2009 10:19 am
Bob Knight spoke at a fundraiser Thursday night.
Predictably, he managed to make national headlines.
"We've gotten into this situation where integrity is really lacking and that's why I'm glad I'm not coaching," Knight said. "You see we've got a coach at Kentucky who put two schools on probation and he's still coaching. I really don't understand that."
This is the place where Kentucky fans would like me to tell you that John Calipari has never been directly implicated in anything, and the place where fans of every other school, particularly Memphis fans, would like me to tell you that Knight speaks the truth, and God bless him. But I'm not interested in sparking that debate because the Calipari debate has been going on for months, if not years, and it never reaches a conclusion.
If he coaches your school, you love him.
If not, you think he's a lying cheater.
There's almost no in-between.
And this is how it's going to be forever, UK fans, and why it was clear -- even before Knight said what he said -- that any success Calipari has going forward will be tainted regardless of whether it's really tainted. Until the day he retires, the majority of observers will believe, fair or not, that every recruit Calipari gets is a product of his relationship with William Wesley even if Worldwide Wes has never met the recruit. All SATs will be assumed fake even if they're legit, all future pros will supposedly have agents even if they do not.
There's no sense in fighting that perception.
There's certainly no way of changing that perception.
On Thursday night, it was Bob Knight taking a shot at Calipari.
In March during the NCAA tournament, it'll be every columnist in America.
That's what the $30 million Kentucky spent on Calipari has brought the school -- a coach who will lure lots of great recruits, win countless big games, and hang banners while people ask whether Kentucky really expects those banners to remain after an inevitable NCAA investigation. Then Kentucky fans will yell about how Calipari wasn't tied to anything. Then everybody will roll their eyes and laugh. And around and around we go.
Posted on: February 5, 2009 3:00 pm
Here's Thursday's Dear Gary ...
Dear Gary: I'm an ardent Bob Knight fan - was a student on campus for the '81 championship - who has a large picture of The General in his red sweater, with a personal note from him, in my Atlanta office. But I've been telling the many Georgia fans around me much the same thing you wrote; you've said it much better, though. Georgia needs a coach who is moving up and has passion for what it takes to be successful, and that includes tireless recruiting. I'd actually like to see Knight stay on ESPN because he knows his stuff and is entertaining. And today the sun came up brighter with Indiana having their first conference win last night. Enjoy reading your pithy comments. Thanks for being out there.
I agree, Steve, Knight is really good on ESPN.
I like him there.
But like I said in the column (and you told your friends who are Georgia fans), Knight simply doesn't belong in the SEC because it's impossible to consistently compete for conference titles in that league -- or any power league, honestly -- if you don't recruit elite-level prospects. Again, Knight at Georgia would never be able to out-recruit (or even come close to out-recruiting) Billy Donovan at Florida, Bruce Pearl at Tennessee or Billy Gillispie at Kentucky, which means he'd start no better than fourth in the SEC East in terms of talent most seasons. Georgia doesn't have to settle for such a low ceiling, not with the Atlanta recruiting base sitting right there, and to those of you still suggesting Knight's coaching ability would be enough to overcome a lack of talent, I'd like to share a recent quote I got from a prominent coach on this subject.
He said: "You can out-coach people to win a game, but you can't out-coach people to win championships."
Why is that, I asked (even though I already knew the answer)?
"Because," the coach said, "you have to have players to win championships."
Now one more thing: Some of you have emailed and claimed that Knight would be fine recruiting at Georgia, because recruiting at Georgia is easier than recruiting at Texas Tech. I agree with the second part; recruiting at Georgia is easier than recruiting at Texas Tech. But you still have to put in the time and effort, because Georgia doesn't recruit itself like North Carolina or UCLA.
For proof, look at Dennis Felton's roster.
You know, the terrible roster that just got him fired.
Posted on: February 3, 2009 3:22 pm
Here's Tuesday's Dear Gary ...
Dear Gary: Bob knight was never a good recruiter and he won at Texas Tech and Indiana. But there is only a few that can match his coaching. You usually are right on, but you are off on this one.
I've received some version of this email a dozen times today, all from people who are missing the point.
So let me try again.
Yes, Bob Knight is a great "coach" in terms of actual coaching. I put that right in the column multiple times. But the reality of high-major college basketball in the year 2009 is that simply being a great coach isn't good enough. Great coaches win league titles and average coaches win league titles. Happens every season. But the one thing all conference champions have in common are great players relative to their league affiliation, meaning it's much more important in this era to hire a great recruiter at the high-major level, then worry about whether he can coach later.
To be clear, what Bob Knight did at Indiana was phenomenal.
I've written that many times.
But that happened in another era.
And though I keep hearing about how he "won" at Texas Tech, I'm having a hard time identifying what he won, exactly, because here's what I see when I look at Bob Knight's tenure at Texas Tech ...
2001–2002: 10–6 in the Big 12 (finished tied for third)
What the record shows is that Knight was barely better than .500 in the league, never finished better than third and on average finished a little worse than fifth in six-plus seasons. Why? Because he never recruited in a way that could make Texas Tech a player in the Big 12, and that's my point, that there's no reason to think he'd be able to consistently compete with Billy Donovan, Bruce Pearl and Billy Gillispie because there's no reason to think his roster would ever be comparable to the rosters of Florida, Tennessee and Kentucky.
But Knight can do more with less than anybody, Gary?
That's what some of you are thinking, I know.
And guess what? I agree with you.
But at Georgia the goal should not be to try to do more with less; it should be to do more with more, and that's why hiring a 68-year-old with no passion for recruiting would be a mistake, because it would ensure average rosters, and average rosters don't win SEC titles. Or Big 12 titles, as we've learned already.
Posted on: September 22, 2008 3:54 pm
Most of my conversation with Dan Dakich for Monday's column revolved around what he's up to these days. But naturally, we spent a little time talking about Indiana basketball, and Dakich made it clear that the IU program he took over on an interim basis after Kelvin Sampson resigned was not the same program he experienced as a player and assistant for Bob Knight.
"Let me put it this way," Dakich said. "Sometimes being with Coach Knight you think 'Well, maybe our culture is wrong. Maybe we work too hard and demand too much.' But after seeing what I saw last year, you better have the right culture or else the thing can really blow up on you. And when you talk about everybody gone from the athletic director to the graduate managers, that thing blew up."
It's common knowledge that the players at IU last season weren't model student-athletes, evidence being how Dakich and his successor, Tom Crean, combined to dismiss pretty much everybody who didn't leave on their on accord. Out of respect for the individuals, Dakich declined to get specific. But he did acknowledge the group of players didn't "fit the Indiana basketball culture."
"I feel bad that D.J. White never got to experience Indiana basketball the way it's supposed to be," Dakich said. "And I'm really sad for the players that ended up getting kicked out of here because they will realize at some point in their lives what a colossal mistake they made by not taking advantage of Indiana."
Posted on: May 15, 2008 12:58 pm
It appears Mike Jarvis is the frontrunner for the still-vacant job at Florida Atlantic.
I bet Bob Knight is terribly disappointed because he wanted Dan Hipsher.
I know because I saw him say it on YouTube.
Did you see the clip?
It's classic Knight, a clip of the Hall of Famer speaking to a group of "about 1,900 people" in Nashville. In the middle of his speech, his cell phone rings, and Knight answers it once he realizes it's FAU athletic director Craig Angelos who is calling. Apparently, Angelos was returning a message Knight left him because Knight tells Angelos "what I called you about was ... hire Dan Hipsher."
The crowd got a nice laugh out of the whole exchange.
Click this link to check it out.
(As always with Knight, I must warn you about a little bad language.)
Posted on: February 28, 2008 6:01 pm
Thank you God.
Or Norby Williamson.
Or whoever it is that got this deal done. Because what you've created is an opportunity for television greatness. And by greatness, I mean the possibility that Bob Knight will take Digger Phelps' highlighter and stick it up his you-know-what live on the air. Can't wait to see Hubert Davis take issue with Knight's halftime breakdown. Or what happens when some production assistant tries to tell Knight he needs to sit up straight or look directly into the camera.
Seriously, the possibilities are limitless.
Which is why I'm thrilled ESPN has reached an agreement with Bob Knight.
He'll join the network for its NCAA Tournament coverage, and is there any chance this thing goes off without incident?
My guess: Absolutely not.
Knight has been so volatile in so many on-camera situations throughout the years-- just do a YouTube search, you'll see -- that it's difficult to imagine him not snapping at some point, and all any of us can hope is that when it happens the cameras are rolling. Barring a major letdown, he's either gonna call Jimmy Dykes an MFer, choke Doug Gottlieb or throw Jay Bilas' chair straight across the set. So again, thank you God ... and get ready for your name to be taken in vain live from Bristol.