Former coach and current ESPN College Basketball analyst Bob Knight has never been afraid to express his opinion on an array of issues throughout his career. Once more, Knight is making headlines with his newest criticism. Knight expressed his displeasure with the lack of integrity in college basketball, citing Kentucky’s new head coach John Calipari.
Knight is the all time wins leader in Division I College basketball with 902. He coached at Army, Indiana and Texas Tech.
“We’ve gotten into this situation where integrity is really lacking and that’s why I’m glad I’m not coaching,” Knight said at an Indiana Basketball Hall of fame fundraiser. “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.”
Calipari’s previous two stops were at the University of Massachusetts and Memphis University. Both schools were put on probation by the NCAA for rules violations that took place under Calipari.
Calipari is currently in his first year at Kentucky and has guided the Wildcats to an undefeated record to being this season.
Under Calipari’s watch at Memphis, a basketball player was accused of cheating on a college entrance exam. Alleging that the player had someone other than himself take the exam for him so as to become eligible by NCAA standards.
Former Memphis basketball standout Derrick Rose (now with the Chicago Bulls after being selected No.1 overall in 2008) was mentioned in an investigation by the NCAA that included “knowing fraudulence or misconduct” on the SAT by a player on the Memphis Basketball team. Memphis was then sanctioned by the NCAA.
About the only thing Calipari wasn’t accused of while at Memphis was Beting On College Basketball.
When Calipari was at Massachusetts, it was found out that stand out player Marcus Camby was given money by an agent. However by the time the allegations were proved, Calipari had moved on from the school. It should be noted however, that Calipari was found free from any wrong doing.
On Thursday night, Knight continued in his speech drawing from an analogy he has tried to stick by, relating to college basketball
“You know, I’ve always been a Kenny Rogers fan and I always liked that song where he says ‘You’ve got to know when to hold ’em, know when to fold ’em, know when to walk away and know when to run,”‘ Knight concluded.