TheBigLead is reporting today that former Indiana basketball coach and current ESPN college basketball analyst, Bobby Knight, will not be retained by the network after this season.
Knight, who started at ESPN in 2008 and who’s contract expires after this season, has recently been shoved into covering lower quality games for ESPN after several embarrassing moments on air.
These moments include:
- His refusal to say the name “Kentucky” or mention any players on the team during the Wildcats’ 2012 National Championship run. It wasn’t until March 21st that Knight finally broke his silence.
- His inability to understand the game clock versus the shot clock during this years Kentucky @ Vanderbilt game on January 11th. “I think that was a different zero they had out there. See, this said 17.3 and now it’s 7.6,” during the replay of a friendly no-call by the refs in which a shot clock violation went uncalled. Knight, who was focusing on the game clock instead of the shot clock was then assisted by co-announcer Rece Davis, but Davis’ assist fell upon deaf ears as Knight continued “But that 17.3 was up there and the zero was on the bottom. I don’t know what that meant.” Davis finally hit it home by explaining that the zero was on the shot clock and with the other clock being seconds remaining in the game.
- His falling asleep on the set of College GameDay back in March of 2012, having to be woke up by Digger Phelps with a gentle nudge.
So take heed Wildcats fans, there is likely no extension and thus no more turmoil… now if only Jimmy Dykes and Brad Nessler could end up on that list, watching a Kentucky game may not need that iPad ap that synchronizes the TV with Kentucky Radio announcer Tom Leach.