When I originally saw this yesterday evening, I had no intention of giving it the time of day here on the Pinkie, but, lo and behold, it’s been spreading like wildfire, even making the front page of ESPN, so I figure it at least merits a mention.
Bobby Knight, at a fundraiser for the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame, made a 90 minute speech in which he “recounted tales from his coaching days, stories from the recruiting trail, lessons he passed along to players and a critique of the NCAA”…sounds like rambling to me. Anyway, he snuck in a little dig at UK’s John Calipari:
“We’ve gotten into this situation where integrity is really lacking, and that’s why I’m glad I’m not coaching,” he 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.”
We’ve all heard the critique, and we will surely hear it again, but the source in this case is a bit ironic. Maybe Knight didn’t flirt with recruiting rules, but he wouldn’t be my first choice as a pillar of integrity. I really refuse to devote too much space to the bitter rants of a nearly 70 year old coach who spent his career antagonizing and railing against the media…before joining them in his twilight years.
Although, if you do want to read some more on the topic, I encourage you to check out Larry Vaught’s thoughts.