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Bob Knight takes a shot at John Calipari during Indiana speech

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bob-knight-john-calipari.jpgYou cannot stop Bob Knight. You can only hope to contain him.

The often-cranky ESPN analyst was back in Indiana Thursday night to deliver a speech at the state's Hall of Fame. As could have been predicted, he said some things that are sure to ruffle a few feathers.

Among them is a criticism of Kentucky coach John Calipari.

"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 [John Calipari], who put two schools on probation and he's still coaching. I really don't understand that.
Knight, who accumulated an NCAA Division I-record 902 wins during his coaching career, skipped his own induction into the Hall of Fame last month.

The revered coach was in town on a business, as he's scheduled to be an analyst on the network's broadcast of the Xavier-Butler game Saturday. And, like always, he didn't pull any punches.

Knight on television is great because he actually says what he is thinking. In a climate of always politically correct talking heads, he stands out because he's not afraid to call it like he sees it. And unlike others, you don't get the sense he's doing it just for the show.

Then again, there's probably a large contingent that wishes he'd stay in the shadows silently. Do you mind Knight taking a shot at Calipari or do you think it's warranted?

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Knight also took this shot"
"And 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. I don't think that's right."
Wonder if he was talking about anybody we know, hmm?

You gotta love Coach Knight. Just type his name into YouTube and you will laugh for hours. Just like you said, he's "real".

He is only saying what many of us have been thinking. Good for him!

Not at all - Calipari is a sleazy used car salesman who always manages to stay one step ahead of the law. Kentucky will soon find that out.

he made the speech at the indiana basketball hall of fame, not at indiana university, try to get your facts correct

SO I GUESS JOKING A KID OUT IS INTEGRITY HUH! IF SO I GUESS BOB KNIGHTS YOUR KIND OF MAN...

I'm glad to see that a guy once famous for maintaining the integrity of college basketball by strangling players, verbally abusing players, and throwing chairs on the court is so concerned with some academic suspicions. He needs to go retire to an island, get a Hawaiian shirt, and shut up.

I'm glad the Kentucky fans are coming out to defend their scum bag coach. Bob Knight may have "strangled" a player but he instilled discipline into his players and was a true college coach that made sure his kids graduated and learned about more than showmanship. I'm glad someone is standing up for the "college" part of college basketball.

I couldnt agree more with Ken. Coach Knight teaches life lessons and graduates kids.

I couldnt agree more with Ken. Coach Knight teaches life lessons and graduates kids.

Kentucky fans have to defend Calapari. Their football program sucks. Criminal basketball is all they have and they still lose to Tennessee in both sports.

Coach CAL always defends himself on the grounds that he knows nothing of abuses.He(the head coach), assistant coaches, team mangers, advisors and others micro-manage the lives of all 13 players. Yet he knows nothing. Camby, Rose's SAT, Rose's brother on the plane (with the team)-all of this is news to coach CAL. What a joke!!. The punishment should follow the coach if you want to clean things up, That will never happen because $$$ talks and everyone walks. Sad, Sad...

Wasn't Bob fired at IU? Why?

Cal always leaves just before the effects of what he has done to the school start to happen. I'm beginning to think he may have the NCAA in his pocket, too.

Keep on crying bitches... UK is on the way to #8.

Kensucky will be good for about another month or so...then 4 team members will be going to the NBA and no hot recruits coming. Can't wait!

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