Former Indiana coach Bob Knight pointed at Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari as one of the leading examples of the lack of integrity in college basketball today. Knight's comments at a fundraiser for the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame were reported by the Associated Press and other news outlets.
Knight saved his harshest critique for Calipari, who is in his first year at Kentucky and has the Wildcats rated No. 3 in the polls thanks to the top recruiting class in the country, including sensational freshman point guard John Wall. "We've gotten into this situation where integrity is really lacking and that's why I'm glad I'm not coaching," Knight 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."
Knight was referring to Calipari's previous stops at Memphis and Massachusetts. Both have been sanctioned by the NCAA for violations committed during his coaching tenure. Former Memphis guard Derrick Rose, who became the No. 1 NBA draft pick, reportedly got into school via phony SAT and ACT tests.
Knight won 902 games while coaching at Army, Indiana and Texas Tech, including three NCAA titles at Indiana. He didn't spare the NCAA in his remarks, either.
He said NCAA tournament teams should be required to submit eligibility to assure that players who are competing in postseason games have been attending classes and earning acceptable grades. "Very few people know this, but a kid can play the first semester as a freshman, pass six hours of anything and play in the NCAA tournament without ever attending a class in the second semester," Knight said. "I don't think that's right."