It is late and a Drew Franklin night post is coming so we will make this quick:
1. We all need to recognize that Bobby Knight is a bitter old man. On the one hand, it doesn’t really matter what he does or does not say as the words coming out of his mouth filled with nasty breath are ultimately irrelevant to the grand scheme of things. But the fact that ESPN allows him to do what he does is not irrelevant. Knight has showcased that he hates John Calipari and Kentucky repeatedly and the network has allowed him to have that opinion. Fair enough. If the network is fine with him hating on one of its three most powerful ratings-drawing teams, so be it. But he should at least have the cajones to explain himself fully on the air and come clean with what he obviously feels privately.
Bobby Knight thinks Calipari is a cheater and Kentucky is a dirty program. Then say it on the air you little wimp. Say explicitly what you clearly think and be a man and let the chips fall where they may. Don’t try to play any notion of objectivity in your snide comments on college basketball. And if, as I suspect, ESPN won’t let you talk about Kentucky, then someone from the four letter network needs to make that clear as well. As it is now, you are a complete joke and everyone from the Big Blue Nation to Gregg Doyel can see it. Either explain yourself or fade away into the pasture.
2. CBSSports.com released an article on Shabazz Muhammed that essentially suggests his eligibility could be compromised because of some actions that took place two years ago. According to the article, a friend of Shabazz’s family paid for Muhammed to take two unofficial trips to UNC and Duke during his Sophomore season. Those trips could compromise his eligibility according to the NCAA. I know very little about this story except that it has been a whispered about issue for some time and is now in the open. For the coaches involved in Shabazz’s recruitment, it likely changes nothing. They have know about this as well and have continued to recruit him.
The fact that this article has hit the light of day, probably doesn’t take away UK’s interest. The NCAA will investigate this and it will be an issue for Shabazz before he is cleared. But the NCAA will make a determination before they clear him as to what they will do. My guess is that unless something else is uncovered, he will be eligible, but forced to pay back the benefits. If the NCAA thinks something nefarious is going on, then they may rule him ineligible. But either way, I think UK continues to pursue him, as does Kansas, Duke, UCLA, etc. It seems like a big deal because now the public knows about it. But everyone involved has known about it for a long time and those schools have still wanted him. That tells me that they believe he will eventually be allowed to play basketball in college.
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