Wednesday, February 6, 2008
Don't let the door hit you on the way out
If this was Robert Montgomery Knight's last stand then good riddance.
The Texas Tech coach bailed on his team with 11 games left in the regular season. Bobby Petrino was shredded by his players, fans and the media for dropping the Atlanta Falcons like a hot potato with three games left in their regular season. So why shouldn't we put the heat on Knight?
Supporters and diehards say Knight did things the right way - he graduated his players, he never violated NCAA rules, he stalwartly stuck by his beliefs. All true. Knight is one of the best coaches in college basketball history, as proven by his 902 career wins, most all-time.
But for a man who stringently demanded so much discipline out of his players, The General hypocritically lacks the description in his persona.
He was verbally and physically abusive to everyone around him. He choked and slapped his own players, berated reporters for honest questions, shoved fans, and verbally embarrassed coaches.
All of those volatile actions, yet Knight demands the utmost discipline from his players.
Quitter: Knight violates own principles - Jay Mariotti (Chicago Sun-Times)
Knight's final act a hypocritical one in a career full of them - Pat Forde (ESPN.com)
You stay classy, Bobby - Low Percentage Shot