Posted: Apr 18, 2011 5:40 PM by Alan Cutler
Updated: Apr 18, 2011 8:25 PM
Bobby Knight ripped UK big time. It's not the first time, but this time, UK is responding.
Saturday night in Wabash, Indiana, Knight was asked if Cal was good for college basketball.
"I'm sure if I was a Kentucky fan, I would," says Knight. "I'm not a Kentucky fan."
Then he ripped UK big time.
"Kentucky, year before last, started five players in the NCAA tournament games that had not been to class that semester. That's that one and done philosophy," said Knight.
LEX 18 contacted ESPN because Knight works for them.
"This was not an ESPN appearance so we are just learning of this," says ESPN spokesperson Michael Humes.
UK's Athletics Director is mad. When Mitch Barnhart uses the words "blatantly erroneous," he's very upset.
"The University of Kentucky, our student-athletes and their families take great offense to the blatantly erroneous comments made by Bob Knight that ‘Kentucky, year before last, started five players in the NCAA Tournament games that had not been to class that semester," "UK Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart said in a statement released to LEX 18 Sports.
"Academic performance has always been a priority at UK and it's unfortunate that, although every starter from the 2010 season finished the spring semester in good academic standing, these myths exist. Our men's basketball team's APR score reflects our attention to academic progress and our student-athletes take great pride in representing the University of Kentucky on and off the floor," says Barnhart.
Patrick Patterson wasn't very happy. We cleaned up one word.
"Ha. I'm not even gonna comment on such #bs (excuse my French) think me graduating and teammates GPA's speak for themselves.. don't u?," Patterson sent out via Twitter.
Bobby Knight is totally different depending on who his audience is.
When I talked with him before the NCAA tournament this year, he only had nice things to say about Cal.
A couple of years ago, again in Indiana, he said he couldn't believe Cal was still coaching because of his lack of integrity.
At that time, Cal took the high road and would not rip Knight. If he stays true to his form, Cal will take the high road again.