"We've gotten into this situation where integrity is really lacking and that's why I'm glad I'm not coaching," he said. "You see we've got a coach at Kentucky [John Calipari], who put two schools on probation and he's still coaching. I really don't understand that."
"integrity is lacking" This is coming from a coach who quit on his team during the season?! Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight....
BK did graduate his players and, by all accounts, ran a very clean program in terms of recruiting and abiding by NCAA regs.
While I'm not a big BK fan, nor would I want my child to play for him, I do think he comes out way ahead of JC on MY continuum of ethical conduct.
from a guy who kicked his OWN SON on national tv....
I have very mixed emotions about BK. I think sometimes he is boorish and profane, but at other times I find him refreshingly honest and non-PC.
Playing HS sports in the 70's, it was not unusual to be grabbed or pushed or even kicked in the butt by a coach. I never was physically harmed; the antics were usually just for show and effect (picture a boot camp environment). For the most part the kids responded positively to this style of coaching.
Now, most kids would shut down and parents would sue for such things. I am not saying that the ranting, maniacal style is the best or even a good style, but I really never had a problem with it.
The question I ask, is would you rather have your son play for a BK type who may hurt his feelings from time to time, but who teaches your kid how to work hard and play the game honestly, or a Calipari type who may not hurt his feelings but may teach your kid how to take short cuts and skirt the rules by his example?
Obviously, you would want someone who had the best characteristics of both. But if you had to pick, which one would you? I would go with the yelling man of good character over the smoozier with questionable character every time.
I would prefer my son to play for Bobby Knight over John Calipari ANY day. And if he kicked him in the rear end on national television I would laugh mine off...unless I was close enough to high five him.
He demanded discipline from his players, but could not consistently exhibit discipline in his own behavior.
Still, with regard to rules compliance, his record is as good as anyone's, ever. This is a guy who benched his star (Alford) for a game against Kentucky for posing for a charity calendar, without knowing what the NCAA punishment would be.
I also suspect Knight's dislike for Cal stems at least in part to Cal's high-level connections to the AAU world, which Knight holds responsible for basically everything wrong with college basketball.
Go General! In this PC world it's nice to see a man tell what he thinks and not just what his audience wants to hear. One things for sure, he (Coach Knight) could never be elected President of the United States.
Coach Knight has his flaws but integrity is not one of them. I would not have chosen to play for him. I'm not sure I would want a son playing for him either. It would depend on his motivation level. I he were self motivated - probably not, but if he were a bit lazy - oh yeah! I served in the army so my attitudes are a bit skewed, but the slippery one (Cal) would not be considered a leader for me or mine. Whether you like Coach Knight or not, it is so refreshing to hear an honest thought once in a while.
We all know Coach Knight won NCAA championships and his teams were never in trouble with the NCAA. Cal can't make that statement. Go Duke!
#1 all time in my book... at least for now
Andre Dawkins -- 2011 Final Four MOP
Knight hit the nail on the head, John Calipari is the scum of the earth. He destroys the integrity of every school he touches.
I also agree with this about BK from dukemsu, though, "He demanded discipline from his players, but could not consistently exhibit discipline in his own behavior." His enormous ego lead(s) him to believe he was bigger and more important than other mortals or his institution, particularly IU, and he didn't seem to see that in himself enough to correct it. A tragic flaw, really.
Knight reminds me of General George Patton. Patton was brilliant on the field of battle, but a nightmare for the politicians.