Knight and ESPN: Is this a good idea?

Oh, the irony.Bobby Knight is coming to the dark side.I couldn't help but chuckle upon reading on this afternoon that Knight, the winningest coach in NCAA Division I history and long-time media adversary, has agreed to be a studio analyst for ESPN during Championship Week and the NCAA Tournament.The idea of such a successful coach offering insight during the most exciting time of basketball season makes perfect sense. But this particular coach?(Caution, vulgarity follows in just about all of the following clips)[This particular coach?][1][This particular coach?][2][This particular coach?][3][This particular coach?][4][This particular coach?][5][This particular coach?][6][This particular coach?]7.For a man who seemed to despise the media so much, it is a bit surprising that Knight is willing to give the other side a try. And for a man with such passion a for profanity, it seems like ESPN is taking a big risk by adding him to its panel.Few coaches ever have seemed so annoyed with reporters' questions on a regular basis as Knight. To his credit, he seems to appreciate the impact media coverage of college basketball has helped the sport grow - ESPN in particular."I think ESPN has been real good for college basketball and I look forward to working with some of their people who I have known a long time," Knight was quoted as saying in the report.Few people in athletics at any level have had as vibrant and volatile of personalities as Knight, and it will be interesting to see how he behaves himself in the broadcaster's chair.Will he sound off on a fellow analyst and create the biggest uproar in TV since Janet Jackson exposed her breast during the Super Bowl halftime show? Or will he provide an eloquent blend of comedy and insight while delivering an attention-grabbing broadcast?Only time will tell, but I look forward to watching. [1]: [2]: [3]: [4]: [5]: [6]: [7]:


Joel 15 years ago

Bobby Knight is a bully. I do not like bullies.

matt 15 years ago

That man is an ape. How does he still get work? If I displayed that kind of behavior in any field, and was recorded doing it, I wouldn't be able to find a job. Jesus. That's what he's like on Camera. Imagine life behind closed doors with him.

And a fun fact: Bobby Knight shot a neighbor that complained about him shooting birds in his back yard. How cool is that? If you said not very, you are right!

OtherJoel 15 years ago

Knight is unequivocally a dick. No argument there. But he is a top-rate smart ass, so at least his temper often comes with some funny quotes. Part of me thinks he enjoys his notoriety and plays it up a bit when the cameras are rolling, but I also heard that story about him shooting his neighbor too, though, so who knows... I do not envy his players, though (especially when they lost).

But c'mon -- that bit with the glass is pretty damn funny. I would bet ESPN knows exactly what they're doing. They'll have a finger at the ready on the censor button, and they're betting that there will be a lot of people tuning in for the spectacle of it, Chris among them. I would too if I had cable.

OtherJoel 15 years ago

I use the word "though" too much.

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