ESPN Hoops Analyst: Knight “Owes an Apology”

This past Saturday at a speaking engagement in Indiana, Bob Knight said that the starters on Kentucky’s 2010 NCAA basketball tournament team “had not been to class that semester.”

Jay Williams: Bob Knight owes Kentucky fans an apology for false statement about the program

(Audio of Williams’ comments on KentuckySportsRadio.com below)

Speaking to a group in Wabash, Indiana, Knight’s remarks were captured on video:


Knight’s exact quote was:

“Kentucky year before last started five players in the NCAA tournament that had not been to class that semester. That’s that one and none philosophy.”

University of Kentucky Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart released a statement Monday night that reported Knight’s comment about the 2010 UK hoops team to be “blatantly erroneous.


Tuesday ESPN college basketball analyst and former Duke basketball star Jay Williams appeared on KentuckySportsRadio.com to address Knight’s comments about Kentucky. After being read exactly what Knight said about the UK NCAA tournament team in question by show host Matt Jones, Williams said, in part:

He (Knight) does owe Kentucky an apology for that (statement) because those are accusations which are wrong.

Williams was later asked by Jones, “Do you believe ESPN as an entity, with Bobby Knight as an employee, should make a statement or address this in some way?Read more…

UK AD: Knight Made False Statement About Team

Monday Brandon Fisher of WKYT-TV in Lexington, Kentucky, reported that last Saturday while speaking to a group in Wabash, Indiana, ESPN college basketball analyst Bob Knight said that the five starters on the Kentucky 2010 NCAA tournament team did not attend a single class that semester.

Knight:

“Kentucky year before last started five players in the NCAA tournament that had not been to class that semester. That’s that one and none philosophy.”

University of Kentucky Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart released a statement Monday night that reported Knight’s comment about the 2010 UK hoops team to be “blatantly erroneous“:

“The University of Kentucky, our student-athletes and their families take great offense to the blatantly erroneous comments made by Bob Knight that ‘Kentucky, year before last, started five players in the NCAA Tournament games that had not been to class that semester,’ ”UK Athletics Director Mitch Barnhart said. “Academic performance has always been a priority at UK and it’s unfortunate that, although every starter from the 2010 season finished the spring semester in good academic standing, these myths exist. Our men’s basketball team’s APR score reflects our attention to academic progress and our student-athletes take great pride in representing the University of Kentucky on and off the floor.”

Patrick Patterson, who played on the 2010 Kentucky team Knight referenced, responded to ESPN analyst’s false claim on Twitter:

Ha I’m not even gonna comment on such #bullsh– (excuse my French) think me graduating & teammates GPA’s speak for themselves.. don’t u?

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Calipari: ‘They want to be us. Not beat us, be us

While talking about Kentucky’s upcoming matchup against Ohio State in the NCAA tournament during his weekly radio show on Tuesday, UK basketball coach John Calipari dropped off this gem:

John Calipari: We All Want To Be Kentucky

“It doesn’t matter who’s on your team, you have Kentucky across the front. It means something.

“They (Ohio State) want to be us. Understand that.

“They want to be us. Not beat us, be us.

“So they’re coming at you trying to say you win against Kentucky it shows that we’re them.”

Right, no idea.

Then again, that may explain the dropoff in the state’s identity theft rate since Gillispie left. Read more…

Pitino Rico Preparing To Face DominiCal Republic?

In a selfless gesture of goodwill to the lovely people of Puerto Rico, Rick Pitino has agreed to coach the country’s national basketball team for three months beginning in April.

John Calipari Maker's Mark Photo

(Now duty-free!?)

As Jeff Goodman of FOXSports.com recently noted, the move is in no way designed as a way for Pitino to horn in on the talents of one of the top young guard talents in the world. It’s all total and complete coincidence. (How could you think such a thing?)

Speaking of complete coincidences, with Pitino pushing the boundaries of NCAA recruiting rules coaching in Puerto Rico, I’m sure it’ll come as a major surprise to you that John Calipari is seriously considering taking over as coach of neighboring Dominican Republic.

A Puerto Rico basketball blog reported Monday night: Read more…

Video: Indian Middle Teen Ballers Are 7-4 And 7-2

Jeff Fedotin of Rivals.com profiles brothers Sim and Tanveer Bhullar, who were born in India, grew up in Canada and now play high school hoops in Western Pennsylvania at The Kiskie School.

Sim and Tanveer Bhullar Video

(Uhhh, Coach … They Can Hear You)

17-year-old Sim is 7-4, 285 pounds. 15-year-old Tanveer 7-2, 260 pounds. If you watch video of them, you quickly learn that they’re more than the TLC’s next episode of Can’t Stop Growing.

Somehow though, that’s not the best part of the story. Their coach, a guy named Daryn Freedman, is. Read more…

Cousins: ‘He might hurt somebody to tell the truth’

Before ballers started faking college for 15 minutes before going pro, I actually looked forward to the NBA Draft. Now only hoops junkies with an Armenian translator on retainer care about the process.

DeMarcus Cousins

But this year, thanks to DeMarcus Cousins, is different.

Cousins is the first guy in a looong time to actually bring some genuine intrigue to the NBA Draft. Why? Because though he’s a top talent, he’s also a major league a-hole. Just ask his teammate at Kentucky, Daniel Orton. Read more…

Calipari: “I will be coaching at Kentucky next year”

Kentucky Coach John Calipari Tweeted Friday morning:

I’ve said many times that I’ve got the best job in the country. Still the speculation runs wild and I can’t stop thatI want to address this with the Big Blue Nation one last time, I will be coaching at Kentucky next year. Now let’s finish what we started!

Translation: A recruit called Calipari this morning and asked him if he was leaving UK.

The ’speculation’ that Calipari claims comes out of thin air most recently had him considering the head coaching position with the Bulls - if LeBron James was to join the same team. Calipari was also seen attending Cavaliers playoff games, further fueling ’speculation’ involving a connection between the two.

So with Calipari unequivocably confirming that he’ll be back at UK next season, could that be taken as a sign James is not considering joining the Bulls?

As Mike Brown is reportedly soon to be let go as Cavaliers coach, could that also be a sign that Calipari knows James won’t be staying in Cleveland? Read more…

Video: Lexington Hit With Massive Vehicle Recall

As if the news can’t get any worse for the good people of Lexvegas, now comes word that the town has been hit by a massive bandwagon recall.

John Calipari John Wall Minivan Rear Wiper Fail

Brought on by repeated mechanical failure, passengers report windows suddenly and unexpectedly closing after exactly one year of vehicle use.

John Calipari is now reportedly on a mission to procure replacement parts, which apparently can only be found in East Rutherford, NJ.

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I Prefer Gillispie’s Commemorative Rolling Paper

Bourbon producer Maker’s Mark announced today a commemorative John Calipari bottle. 24,000 bottles of the Kentucky-distilled booze produced will net $300,000 for the UK Symphony Orchestra and the UK School of Music.

John Calipari Maker's Mark Photo

(Cal’s jowled jaundice wonderfully depicted on booze bottles)

You can only buy the booze in Kentucky, and it’ll sell for $50 a throw. Read more…

John Wall Jersey Misspelled For UK Photo Shoot

John Calipari sets the scene on his Twitpic.com account today: “At a photo shoot for Slam Magazine. Look for the issue in March.

John Wall Misspelled Jersey For Kentucky Slam Magazine Photo Shoot

(Shocked to find out there’s precedent)

In other UK hoops news, the school’s championship banner audit is nearing completion.