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December 18, 2009
Bobby “The General” Knight has been a lot of things for college basketball. A visionary, a troublemaker, and a champion among others. All of his past actions aside, I’ve usually found myself agreeing with him when he opens his mouth about the sport he loves. Last night is no exception.
During a fundraiser for the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame on Thursday, Knight got into the current state of college basketball and one particular reason why he’s glad he’s not coaching anymore. The General mentioned a lack of integrity in the game today. Of course, like any well practiced public speaker he cited examples for his thesis. His exact quote was:
“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 who put two schools on probation, and he’s still coaching. I really don’t understand that.”
It doesn’t take much detective work to realize he’s talking about John Calipari(only took me 20 minutes and 31 wiki pages). This is Cal’s first year at Kentucky after stints with UMass and Memphis. He’s enjoyed considerable success at both prior schools reaching the final four with each. Unfortunately he’s also enjoyed considerable scrutiny for his actions and has never officially been to the final four with either school as those appearances have been taken away by the NCAA. Each school was also put on probation the year after he bolted for a better(higher paying) job. Convenient for him, not so convenient for the programs and fans that trusted him.
I’m sure Kentucky fans will come out and back up their stand up coach, just like UMass and Memphis fans did while he was still there. However, ask any of those fans now what they think of him and you may get a different reaction. Kentucky fans will surely point to the fact it was the school that was sanctioned by the NCAA and Cal has never been named. One thing I do ask is for us all to take a step back and use our common sense just like Coach Knight has, Calipari is no angel. Also, Coach Knight has done both good and bad for the game of college basketball, but I think we can all agree he was right on with his speech last night. There is a lack of integrity and it’s hard to blame the coach that continues to cheat and never get in trouble, you have to look higher up at the NCAA that allows it to continue. Although now that Cal is at one of the huge cash cows for basketball, it’s hard to imagine the NCAA will ever do anything about it.
December 15, 2009
So I realize that I’m a few days late with this post but if you haven’t noticed, we’ve taken some time away from the site and come back with some aesthetic changes! All things considered, I believe this is a better late than never situation. You see, I hate UNC Chapel Hell with all my being. I feel they have an arrogance about them that just frustrates the crap out of me….words cannot describe the hatred. This is why I was so happy when this arrogance was put on a pedestal for all the nation to see this past weekend.
During a blowout win for Roy Williams’ basketball team against lowly Presbyterian College, the almighty coach had an opposing fan removed from the premesis for yelling at one of his players during a free throw. I know what you’re thinking, that kind of penalty must have been earned by yelling a vulgar or (even worse)racist comment at a player during a key moment in the game. That would’ve been a non-story. Instead, all this fan did was yell “Hey Deon, don’t miss it!” to Deon Thompson during a free throw with 6:45 left to play in a 103-64 drumming. The free throw was made and Roy turns to the fan and says, “Why don’t you shut up! Yeah, I’m talking to you!”. He then gets the attention of his rent-a-cops and motions towards the fan, who is then dragged from his seat without a chance to find out why or show his ticket to the henchmen.
In an instance of EXTREME IRONY, Coach Williams said after the game “Let’s don’t make it a bigger thing than it is. But I just don’t think anybody should yell negative things toward our players (when) you come in on our tickets to watch our game.” So if we take him at his word, no fan should ever cheer against his team when you’re in the dean dome, otherwise you will be removed. With this logic I hope every true blue douche-nozzle that shouts at the opposing team during away games gets dragged out kicking and screaming.
To make matters worse for this Presby fan, unc’s SID tried to spin the situation in typical fashion by defacing his name and claiming he was intoxicated and in the wrong seat. However the fan was later interviewed and disputed both claims. I hope this guy is lawyered up or better yet, I hope every opposing ACC team finds a way to get him a ticket behind unc’s bench this season to continue this drama.
Click the Frump to see video of this ENTIRE incident as well as hitler’s roy’s press conference after the game. As a bonus, there’s also a video of hilarity ensuing after a unc loss to Maryland. You’ll see crying and disappointment, and if you listen closely, you’ll even hear a unc fan yelling “Go Back to the Ghetto!!” to one of the Maryland players. I guess that’s alright though since it wasn’t directed at one of roy’s players.
March 1, 2008
After seeing his bubble Wolverettes blow a twenty point lead to Wisconsin, at home, Michigan women’s basketball coach Kevin Borseth pulls a bit of a Mike Gundy; obviously under the impression that other people actually care about women’s college basketball, and apparently mistaking the press conference podium for one of the refs…