No Way, Bob Knight: Better To Support a Cheater Than “The General”

Colin LinneweberSenior Writer IDecember 22, 2009

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Reprehensible former college basketball coach “The General” Robert Montgomery Knight attended a fundraiser for the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame last week, seizing the opportunity to chastise current University of Kentucky Head Coach John Calipari.


Knight, 69, who captured three NCAA Division I men’s college basketball championships at Indiana University, and has recorded more victories than any coach in history, urged the governing body to more closely monitor the academic marks of players competing in postseason games.


“We’ve gotten into this situation where integrity is really lacking and that’s why I’m glad I’m not coaching,” said Knight, who was fired by the Hoosiers in 2000 for committing a litany of deplorable actions both on and off of the court.


“We’ve got a coach at Kentucky (John Calipari), who put two schools on probation and he’s still coaching. I really don’t understand that.”


After Calipari left the Massachusetts and Memphis, respectively, both schools were sanctioned by the NCAA for violations that were committed during his tenure.


“I get up to go to Mass this morning and there’s like 100 text messages and I’m like what in the world happened?” said Calipari, 50, who signed an eight-year contract with incentives worth $31.65 million to lead the Wildcats last April.


“And I get word, and what I can tell you is I’m a big fan, respect him as a basketball coach, always have.”


There is no question that Knight, one of only three coaches to win an NCAA title, NIT crown, and an Olympic gold medal in his career, has a superb basketball mind; his resume on the hardwood loudly speaks for itself.


Additionally, as Knight goes to tremendous lengths to make known, none of his teams have ever been sanctioned by the NCAA for recruiting violations.


Nevertheless, Knight is an absolute bully and a repugnant human being with few redeeming qualities.


Knight has been accused of assault more times than Naomi Campbell and Russell Crowe combined, and his disgusting antics are an utter embarrassment for anyone unfortunate enough to be affiliated with him.


Moreover, “The General” has long been notorious for treating individuals horribly in both public and private settings.


Despite the insane criticism that he unfairly received, past Indiana University President Myles Brand was entirely justified when he decided to terminate Knight.


Indiana University is a tremendous academic institution and—regardless of his spectacular basketball pedigree—a loathsome man like Knight never deserved to be the face of the Hoosiers.


“I’ll always take great pleasure in having been part of the heritage of basketball in Indiana,” said Knight.


John Calipari is a very good basketball coach who has clearly made a slew of curious decisions throughout his career.


Calipari will always have a stained reputation because of the poor choices he has made in the past.


Still, despite his many warts, Calipari is often lauded as a decent and respectable man.


Bobby Knight is simply a poor excuse for one.


It’s far easier to support an alleged cheater like Calipari than it is to cheer for a repugnant waste of existence like Knight.


Bob Knight once was quoted in 1994 as saying, “When my time on Earth is gone, and my activities here are past, I want they bury me upside down, and my critics can kiss my ass.”


In actuality, the only person’s derriere who merits a smooch is Brand for axing Knight and immediately bettering the state of Indiana.



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