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Bob Knight: What the Real Problem Is with the One and Done Rule

ST LOUIS, MO - JULY 12:  Bob Knight warms up during the Taco Bell All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game at Busch Stadium on July 12, 2009 in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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James EvensCorrespondent INovember 3, 2016

Bob Knight caught the ears of millions with an address he gave regarding the "one and done" rule that is so prevalent today in college basketball. 

Knight's statement was made in regards to the Kentucky basketball program. Knight said, "Kentucky, year before last, started five players in the NCAA Tournament games that had not been to class that semester."

Now, this was a shot at not only the program, but the NCAA and the players themselves.

Although, this isn't an article regarding the ethics of the comments; the issue lies deeper.

In a statement issued today, Knight apologized to Kentucky for his comments and explained that it was more of a shot at the rule itself rather than the program.

This is wrong, however.

Although I do not support the one and done rule, the NCAA is not the one to blame for this epidemic. It is the NBA.

By the NBA not allowing players to come straight out of high school any longer, they are creating a weird dynamic in college basketball and putting programs in a tough spot.

A program wants the best players playing for them. Whether it is for a year or for four, they still want the player that is going to allow them to win.

So, here is my challenge. 

Don't go after programs like Kentucky for going after these players. They have to go somewhere. What does everyone expect them to do? Go play professional ball in Europe?

The fact of the matter is, if there is backlash that is going to come out of the one and done rule, it should be directed toward the NBA not the NCAA and its schools.

The problem with all of this is the NBA not allowing players to choose their path. By doing so, they are causing all sorts of problems within the collegiate game.

So, to the NBA, fix this problem and let's do away with the one and done rule. That way you don't ruin the careers of anyone else and take some pressure off programs that are just facilitating your rules. 

James Evens serves as a National Featured Columnist for college football and basketball, as well as the FC for the Purdue Boilermakers.   Follow him on Twitter or like him on Facebook.                     

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