Knight could come cheap for UGA

February 2, 2009
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knightFormer Indiana University coach Bob Knight is contemplating coming out of retirement. Multiple sources said if the University of Georgia offers Knight its vacant men’s basketball coaching job, Knight would accept.

“I have never said that I wouldn't coach again,” Knight said in a statement. “I’ve simply said in the past, if the right situation came along, I would be interested.”

There’s upside and downside to the move for Georgia. At 68, you’d have to wonder how long Knight could or would want to put up with the daily rigors of college coaching. But sources close to the man who led IU to three national championships said he’d be willing to coach for far less pay than any other high-level Division I basketball coach. Sources said an annual mid six-figure salary would likely get Knight back in the game. IU is currently paying its coach, Tom Crean, almost $1.6 million annually.

“He doesn't want it to look as if he's pursuing the job. He’d like to be offered it, and if offered, he'd take it,” an anonymous source told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

“He doesn’t want it to look as if he's looking for work, but I can assure you that he’d like to have the job. It’s the idea of coaching a team in the Southeastern Conference that appeals to him. There are just so many things he could do for Georgia basketball. This would be his last stop, and he likes that.”

With 902 victories, Knight is the winningest coach in NCAA Div. I history. He coached 29 years at IU, then spent 2001-08 at Texas Tech. He began working as a basketball analyst for ESPN late last season.

Georgia fired its coach, Dennis Felton, last Thursday after it got off to a 9-11 start.
  • Pat Knight must be close to losing his job at TT with that 1-5 Big 12 record. I am sure Bobby's goal is to set Pat up with another gig.
  • Interesting take. As absurd as Bobby setting up the UGA job for Pat seems, in the world of Knight, I can see the logic.
  • I find it hard to believe that a school of Georgia's size, resources, and athletic tradition would stick its neck out to hire Knight. He got the Tech job since his cronies were on the decision-making team. I'm not sure if he's connected enough to make this happen. I think it's highly unlikely any modern team of college administrators would be willing to take a chance on the ticking time bomb that Knight is. His do as I say, not as I do approach to discipline act grew old about 15 years ago. What top tier hoops prospect today wants to get his spirit crushed on a daily basis with profanity-laced tirades? Answer: None. Knight is a good TV analyst, he should ride that gravy train as long as he can.
  • This guy is always news! I'd like him to remain as a commentator on ESPN, etc. So far he has not thrown a microphone or ripped anyone's tie off so it appears he may have found his final niche. I do enjoy his assessments of games, etc. Poor Pat, he looked like his Dad the other night during the game he was thrown out of, even out of the building. Genetics are powerful !!

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