Knight's ESPN deal draws reaction

February 29, 2008
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KnightNot surprisingly, not everyone is thrilled with former Indiana University and Texas Tech basketball coach Bob Knight joining ESPN’s in-studio crew for its NCAA March Madness coverage. Knight’s move to the media side—or what Knight himself has from time to time called the dark (or is it dim) side—has some wondering if Knight will take cheap shots on-air at NCAA boss Myles Brand, who fired him when Brand was president and Knight was coach at Indiana. Others have suggested that Knight might use the occasion to shoot darts at his former employers at Indiana. Others are just tired of hearing from Knight altogether.

Kevin Hench, Fox Sports contributor, today wrote: “Oh, joy. The guy who could delight himself with juvenile and profane poetry about the press corps has joined the media. For a guy who occasionally shoots his hunting partners or assaults his beloved sons, I guess this latest spasm of schizophrenia, joining his most despised institution, should come as no surprise. Despite his avowed hatred of the press — or maybe because of it—ESPN has hired Bobby Knight as a studio analyst for the NCAA tournament. Here's hoping His Almighty Blowhardness doesn't take screen time away from the insightful—and, yes, affable—Tom Brennan and Doug Gottlieb.”

Do you think Knight will be a positive addition to or a detraction from ESPN’s coverage?
  • I'm sure Coach Knight will take time to talk about Brand. What has Brand contributed to college basketball? Almighty? A loud mouth with three national titles and 900+ probably wont have anything insightful to say.
  • Nice picture of Knight.... Another ploy by the media to always depict Knight in an angry manner....

    How many pictures of other coaches are used while they are screaming?
  • I find Knight to be entertaining. I don't always agree with him, but he's entertaining. I just hope they never had him on a live feed without a delay. That's going to be one busy bleeper.
  • If they could find any pictures of Knight with his mouth closed and calm.........I am sure they would publish them.
  • Coach Knight will make a very positive addition to the ESPN basketball team with his insights, observations and sense of humor. That the above comments came from FOX Sports only makes sense as that network features NO NCAA hoops coverage. Reads like sour grapes to me. Say what you will about Coach Knight but nothing can take away from his 900+ wins, 3 NCAA titles and 40+ years in coaching. No other NCAA coach brings those credentials to the broadcast booth.
  • Bob Knight is a very smart man when it comes to basketball and I hope that he is classy enough to overcome this terrible expectation. His input will be positive as far as the play of the game, but as we have all learned with Bobby Knight... You just never know!

    And to all of those of think Bobby Knight should disappear into the night. I am sorry to say it, but I don't think he is going anywhere... As much we don't want to admit it he was a staple in college basketball for a long time and this is allowing him to stay on the main stage.
  • What is the value of bringing his past experience to the tournment coverage? Wasn't he fired from his last 4 jobs? Who really cares what a coach has to say. Why don't they hire some retired players, or trainers, or some one who really understands college basketball like the AD's of the different schools? Every winner of the final four comments that the most help came from the AD's involvement in the game. I think Kevin from Fox sports hit it on the head, what does Bobby Knight know about modern day basketball?

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