Next Kentucky Coach? How About Bobby Knight?

Paul SwaneySenior Analyst IMarch 26, 2009

19 FEB 1994:  INDIANA UNIVERSITY HEAD COACH POINTS OUT AN OFFICIAL''S MISTAKE DURING HIS TEAM''S 82-80 WIN OVER PURDUE AT ASSEMBLY HALL IN BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA. Mandatory Credit: Gary Mook/ALLSPORT

There's been a lot of chatter since Kentucky's loss to Notre Dame to end the season about Billy Gillespie being fired, and who his successor may be. There is one name that I unfortunately have not heard; Bobby Knight.

First, put the image of Knight in a Kentucky-blue sweater into your head. It looks pretty good, doesn't it?

Now obviously, this is not going to be a long-term solution, so hiring Bobby Knight would require some foresight. Kentucky should try to hire both Knight and whomever they see as the up-and coming-candidate. I personally like Anthony Grant.

Regardless of where you go with the coach-in-waiting, the important thing to know is that you probably have Knight for a maximum of four years, so you need to have the successor ready and named for recruiting purposes.

In the meantime, Kentucky would have a top-tier name that their fans would love. And if those projected four years are successful, then conceivably Knight could win his 1000th game at Kentucky.

It would be great publicity, and help bring Kentucky back into the spotlight they deserve and crave.

One more fun side benefit. The Kentucky/Indiana series returns to Assembly Hall next year. You can put me in line for that ticket right now.