So I'm sure this will be a hot topic of conversation. In a speech to the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame, Bobby Knight questions why Calipari is still allowed to coach.
"We've gotten into this situation where integrity is really lacking and that's why I'm glad I'm not coaching," he 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."
There's so much wrong with this statement that I don't even know where to begin. It seems to dovetail nicely with Tru's commentary on the front page regarding media groupthink. Calipari has been dubbed a "bad guy" by the media, therefore he must wear the black hat. Now in comes Bobby Knight wearing his white hat to save the day???? I'm sorry, did I miss when Knight all of a sudden became a paragon of virtue and agreed with the media in general? Does taking a paycheck from ESPN to sit courtside (which I will unashamedly admit that I love hearing him commentate a game) automatically change his outlook when it comes to listening to what the media has to say?
And when did Bobby Knight become the moral compass for sports? At what point did the man who threw a chair and got banned from Peurto Rico become an expert on human behavior? At what point did the man who promised to mold and protect young men and then choked one of his own players become a model of integrity? When did the guy who rose to the blatantly obvious bating of a sportswriter's son on campus become a paragon of self-restraint?
None of these past behaviors of Bobby Knight's has any bearing on the integrity of Coach Calipari. In fact, I recognize that I am engaging in one of the oldest forms of argument whereby I attack the messenger's credibility instead of the veracity of the message. However, I cannot abide this sort of palaver of the worst sort.