Knight On Fellow ESPNer: ‘chickensh– c—sucker’

Like you, I spent the holiday weekend reading the new book about ESPN called, “Those Guys Have All The Fun.”

On page 453, co-author Jim Miller has Bob Knight bless us with a reset of his infamous 2000 interview with now-current ESPN colleague Jeremy Schaap that followed the coach’s Indiana ouster:

“They gave me three people to choose from who would do that interview, and I picked Schaap because of his dad. I didn’t even know the kid. I had Digger tell Schaap that there was a question that I’d like for him to ask, and he refused to ask it. He told Digger, ‘I can’t do that. I can’t ask something that he wants asked.’

“I didn’t enjoy the interview at all. I thought the guy was a chickensh– little c—sucker.

“Forget that guy. I have no interest in talking about that.

“Jesus Christ, enough of this bullsh–.”

Ironic ESPN management, which catered to Knight in 2000 by allowing him to hand-pick his interviewer, scripted questions for ESPN radio hosts a month ago to ask ESPN book author Miller - who elicited Knight’s latest, profane outburst?

Okay, maybe not.

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Boat Recovered & 1 Rescued, NFLers Still Missing

• The boat carrying missing NFLers Corey Smith & Marquis Cooper has been found, and one survivor was rescued. However, the two players and another passenger still haven’t been found.

Corey Smith Marquis Cooper

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Digger Phelps Dances. And Dances. And Dances.

And you thought snapping UCLA’s 88-game winning streak was Digger Phelps’ greatest moment on a basketball court?:

Digger Phelps Dances And Dances And Dances

(Video after the jump)

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• THE SPORTING BLOG tells Digger Phelps to lose the Andy Capp cap.

Digger Phelps in Andy Capp cap

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That HGH Therapy Has Dig Feeling Like A New Man

We’ve heard folks (on and off-air) calling ESPN’s Digger Phelps a crotchety, old foggie in recent days after his supposed blow up on-set about the reax of IU players to Kelvin Sampson getting the sack.

Digger Phelps Dances With Kansas Cheerleader

We didn’t think what he did or said was all that bad. More importantly, thanks to a video of Phelps and a KU cheerleader at last Saturday’s Jayhawks-Kansas State game from THE BIG LEAD, we now have clear evidence that Phelps still has a goodly amount of testosterone coarsing through his plaque-ravaged veins (HGH spray therapy?). Read more…

Digger Phelps Trades The Broadcast Booth For The Stage

• AWFUL ANNOUNCING shines the Broadway spotlight on Digger Phelps, master thespian:

Digger Phelps Master Thespian

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• The RIVERSIDE PRESS-ENTERPRISE takes some reps with the next USC QB superstar - former Arkansas Razorbacks starter Mitch Mustain:

Mitch Mustain

• 100% INJURY RATE feels the recent Bonds flap is just one more example of why the Bay Area is in sports hell.• FAN IQ swears they heard South Park characters say that Broncos QB Jay Cutler sucks.

• WE ARE SEC gets all gussied up for the upcoming Arizona State & USC fashion show - all for the benefit of the Matt Leinart Foundation:

Matt Leinart

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LSU Tequila Queen

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