ESPN ostensibly hired former college basketball coach Bob Knight to provide analysis and commentary, but after having watched him work games where he mails it in I am convinced he was brought along for autographs.
The man does not know the teams he watches and obviously does no preparation. He sits there saying, "That's a really big bucket right there."
The irony is that he is making what is very likely a fat check working for a network he used to rail against when he was the head coach at Indiana.
Now he has created a "controversy" when talking about this NCAA tournament field. He won't say "Kentucky" when talking about Kentucky; rather he says, "The team from the SEC."
Very clever, coach.
Knight's feelings towards UK and coach John Calipari are well documented - basically, he thinks his teams are not loaded with student athletes. Say this for Bob, his teams did graduate. Now, he was a horses rear and behaved like a spoiled, enabled, boorish 8-year-old but ... that's a different rant.
When Bill Parcells, who has been friends with Knight since their days at Army, coached the Dallas Cowboys he routinely did not call Terrell Owens by name. Instead, he said, "The Player".
This is their way of saying they don't approve of, or like, said subject.
And it's also another way of a pair of older guys proving they are always young at heart.
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