Former Indiana Hoosiers basketball coach Bob Knight makes his return to Rupp Arena for the first time in nearly 30 years when the Kentucky Wildcats host the Arkansas Razorbacks.
Knight, seen as a longtime nemesis of the Kentucky Wildcats, may be a Hall of Fame coach but he brings nothing to the table as a college basketball analyst for ESPN. Whether one is coaching high school, college, or at the professional level of basketball, one has to know the difference between the game clock and the shot clock.
When the Wildcats were on the road last season at Memorial Gymnasium to play the Vanderbilt Commodores, it was Coach Knight the analyst that was very confused while serving as an analyst. This led to the rumors that Knight would not be returning as an analyst for ESPN. Oh, how everybody was wrong.
A big question for the fans that attend the game at Rupp Arena is whether or not Bob Knight should be booed. Unlike the opposing coaches and players, the television commentators are not officially introduced by the public address announcer. Which begs the question: when would someone boo Bob Knight? The short answer is I don’t know.
I won’t be at the game and even if I was, I think I would take the classy way out and not boo Knight.
However, I remember former Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun being booed at the open NCAA Tournament practice and the first round game against Iowa State at the KFC Yum! Center back in 2012.