ESPN basketball analyst and Hall of Fame coach Bob Knight has gotten the attention of the Big Blue Nation.
“Wow, Bob Knight really is refusing to utter the word “Kentucky.” Basically put Cats on upset alert but refers to ‘em as team ‘from the SEC.'” tweeted Kyle Tucker, Courier-Journal. “Just absurd to think ESPN has, as one of it’s top college basketball analysts, a guy who refuses to name two of the teams still dancing.”
During an interview on ESPN, Knight was asked which #1 seed he thought was most susceptible to an upset. Knight responded by referring to Kentucky as the team playing ‘from the SEC’. When social media learned about Knight’s choice of words, members of the media went on the offensive against Knight and ESPN.
Rick Reilly, Sports Illustrated
What happens to Bob Knight if he says the word “Kentucky”? Does his lower jaw fall off? Snakes spring from his hair? My God, does he smile?
Brooks Melchior, @SportsbyBrooks
“ESPN talent is leaving in droves b/c of guys like Knight”
Dan Wolken, TheDaily.com
What is wrong with Bob Knight? And why does ESPN let him get away with that?”
Gregg Doyel, @greggdoyelcbs
Bob Knight apparently up to old tricks, refusing to name Kentucky. No shock. A bad guy is a bad guy is a bad guy
Knight has made it publicly known that he is not a fan of John Calipari and the one-and-done philosophy he has at the University of Kentucky.