Since 2008, Bob Knight has been a college basketball analyst for ESPN. He has largely avoided the level of controversy that plagued the latter stages of his coaching career in Bristol... except when it comes to one team and one coach in particular. Kentucky and John Calipari. Over the weekend, Knight mentioned a mysterious team from the SEC on upset alert that shalt not be named. Does it speak well for ESPN and Bob Knight when he won't utter the name of the school that is the odds on favorite to win the NCAA Tournament?
Wow, Bob Knight really is refusing to utter the word "Kentucky." Basically put Cats on upset alert but refers to 'em as team "from the SEC."— Kentucky Sports - CJ (@KyleTucker_CJ) March 17, 2012
This situation between Knight and Kentucky is so blatantly childish that even Rick Reilly criticized his ESPN colleague on Twitter. You know we're deep in a quagmire if Rick Reilly is being the voice of reason.
What happens to Bob Knight if he says the word "Kentucky"? Does his lower jaw fall off? Snakes spring from his hair? My God, does he smile?— Rick Reilly (@ReillyRick) March 17, 2012
Now, Knight isn't completely immune to speaking the name of Kentucky on ESPN airwaves. When Mike Greenberg asked Knight about Kentucky on March 14th's Mike & Mike show, Knight did speak the name "Kentucky" once when talking about the Wildcats entering the NCAA Tournament after a loss in the SEC title game. However, Knight went out of his way to speak in generalities and mentioned no Kentucky players or Calipari by name when answering the question.
Knight's grudge against Kentucky and John Calipari is well documented...