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Kentucky basketball fan take: Bobby Knight is unhappy with Kentucky again
This shouldn't come as a big surprise but Bob Knight is bad mouthing Coach Cal and Kentucky again.
Way back in December, 2009, Knight ripped Kentucky coach John Calipari when he said this: "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."
This has been rehashed to death it seems but Massachusetts and Memphis were sanctioned by the NCAA for violations committed when Calipari was coaching there but they were not put on probation and Calipari was not implicated in any wrong doing.
Now, Bob Knight is at it again. On April 16, 2011, Knight uttered this gem: "Kentucky, year before last, started five players in the NCAA tournament games that had not been to class that semester. That's that one and done philosophy," said Knight.
Like last time, Knight has his facts wrong. I assume that Knight is referring to John Wall, Eric Bledsoe, Patrick Patterson, Daniel Orton and DeMarcus Cousins. Daniel Orton didn't start for that team and did stop going to class. Patrick Patterson was not a "one and done" player and took 18 credit hours so that he could graduate after his junior year. By all accounts, the other three attended class.
Here are three reasons why Bobby Knight hates Kentucky.
1. In 1975, Knight's Indiana Hoosier team was undefeated when they went up against Kentucky in the Elite Eight in Dayton. Indiana lost 92-90 to Kentucky who ended Indiana University's 34-game winning streak. Knight refused to shake hands with Joe B. Hall after getting bounced from the tournament. His record against UK is 15-18.
2. Calipari represents the one and done system that college has become. Thad Matta has had his share of one and done players, too. His 2007 squad had three one and done players: Greg Oden, Mike Conley Jr. and Daequan Cook. In the next two years, Matta had two more one and done players: Kosta Koufos in 2008 and B. J. Mullens in 2009. Matta, like Jim Tressel, is exempt from Knight's criticism because he happens to coach at Knight's alma mater (Ohio State).
3. Bob Knight is jealous of Kentucky's program. Back when Kentucky hired Billy Gillispie, there were whispers that Knight wanted the job but Kentucky would not consider him.
Get over it, Knight!
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