Had to get only slightly sick when listening to perhaps the best college basketball analyst, Jay Bilas of ESPN, embarrass himself in an on-air radio segment on the four lettered discussing the differences between former Indiana and Texas Tech coach Bob Knight and the recently fired Rutgers coach Mike Rice.
Bilas brought the hammer on Rice, but wants us to believe the differences between these two badgering bully coaches is that what Knight did to the late Neil Reid when he choked him was just a one-time thing and that what Rice did was worse, and a pattern.
Knight is still on ESPN's payroll as an expert college basketball analyst, and yet he won't be talking about the Mike Rice story. Why does ESPN have this guy on its staff if he won't talk about something he so obviously would have so much personal insight?
Because what everyone at ESPN fails to mention is that they just don't want Bobby Knight to dislike them. Even after all of these years, people who are around Bobby Knight are dying for his approval even if it means signing off on behavior they currently criticize.
If you have not seen the video of Rice using gay slurs to demean his Rutgers players, or throwing a basketball at their heads, it's pretty sad. Rice is trying to fire up his players by demeaning them with verbal, or physical, abuse. Rice was fired because the national backlash to the aired video tapes was so strong, and that in his three seasons at the state university of New Jersey the basketball team was 44-51.
Knight did the exact same thing at Indiana for decades, and with great success. He won national titles, his teams never were afoul of the NCAA, and he generated millions for Indiana University. He threw a chair in the middle of a game in the general vicinity of an opposing player and it was laughed off. He head butted his own player. Try to find the audio of his legendary rant at his team where he said he would "not to lose to Purdue!"
Most of the things Mike Rice has been fired for Bob Knight did the same. The difference was Rice didn't have a legion of local, regional and national sycophantic friends defending and explaining his every transgression up to and including today.
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