Was Bobby Knight Right About Kentucky Basketball, One-and-Done Rule?

Jeff HansenContributor IApril 21, 2011

WINSTON-SALEM, NC - MARCH 15:  Head coach Bob Knight of the Texas Tech Red Raiders reacts from the sideline against the Boston College Eagles during the First Round of the 2007 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum on March 15, 2007 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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On April 16, former coach Bobby Knight gave a speech in Indiana where he spoke about something that "bothered him more than anything has ever bothered him." Knight accused Kentucky basketball of playing five players during the 2010 NCAA basketball tournament that had not been to class that semester.

He said, “We have a situation in college basketball that really bothers me beyond anything that’s ever bothered me in my career. That’s this idea—Kentucky, year before last, started five players in the NCAA tournament game that had not been to class that semester. And that’s that one and done philosophy that we have now.”

Former Kentucky player Patrick Patterson later expressed his feelings towards Knight's accusations on his Twitter page.

While the issue of whether Kentucky's players went to class or not is important, Knight brings up another very important issue; players being one and done.

Knight proposed a solution to the one and done problem: “College basketball will never get back to the integrity that it had until the NCAA is able to adopt to basketball the same thing that governs college baseball today, and that is this. A kid either signs out of high school with a professional team or he goes to college. If he goes to college, he has to stay three years.”

Knight brings up a very interesting point. What would happen if the NCAA instituted a similar rule to the baseball rule? What if NCAA players were required to either sign out of high school or stay a minimum of three years in college?

I personally think that the NCAA and the NBA alike need to take a hard look at this proposal. While it might not be the ultimate solution, it definitely is something to consider.

A rule such as Knight's proposal would help restore some of the integrity to the game. If players came to college expecting to play for three years, college teams would be able to build teams around them. It would be really exciting for college basketball.

Knight didn't handle the situation like most would have, but then again, Knight never handles anything the way most people do. Regardless of how he handled it, he brings up an interesting conversation.

What do you think of the proposal?