SPORTS ADDICT: Knight’s at it again…

by dentonramsey

SPORTS ADDICT: Knight’s at it again…


By Denton Ramsey / Managing Editor


Alright, here’s the thing – I didn’t have a column set aside for this week until I walked back into the office on Friday afternoon after lunch to find a copy of the Waco Tribune Herald.

As normal, I picked up the paper and skimmed to the sports section, only to find the front-page headline, “Knight suggests BU making no progress.”

Now, as a former Baylor Bear who both knows and understands the issues the basketball program has faced since Scott Drew took over the program four years ago, it’s ludicrous for Texas Tech coach Bob Knight to make comments suggesting we have made no progress whatsoever.

Personally, I’ve always thought coach Knight to be an arrogant, pushy, always angry individual.

Anger management would only be step one of 50 in fixing coach Knight’s issues.

Now, you also have to understand that I am a huge fan of Coach Mike Krzyzewski at Duke – I personally believe he is the greatest coach of all time, and it’s absolutely incredible what he’s doing with this year’s young, talented bunch.

Coach K began his career under Bob Knight – first as a player and then as an assistant coach before taking over the helm as head coach at Army before getting hired by Tom Butter to begin a Duke dynasty.

However, I digress.

Here’s my point – although Coach K learned a lot from coach Knight, I don’t see any similarities in their coaching styles or their personalities.

I really believe coach Knight just says things to get attention.

He’s like a little baby crying because mommy took away his favorite toy for naptime – he’s always seeking attention and most of the time getting his way.

And half the time we as journalists eat it up.

Heck, it’s great for print.

But the point is this – does Bob Knight really know what he’s talking about, or is he just talking out his exit-only trying desperately to get himself and his mediocre team attention?

Baylor’s Bears have, no doubt, made a ton of progress.

To suggest otherwise is preposterous.

When coach Knight was asked about the progress of Drew’s Bears following the Red Raiders 85-74 victory over Baylor, Knight responded, “I don’t know, did they win any more games than they did their first year? That’s how you measure progress.”

You know what, coach Knight – success is measured by a lot more than just a win-loss column.

No wonder it’s been years since you’ve actually done something with a program.

Look in the mirror before judging the young Bears, coach Knight.

Our program is definitely on the rise, and I can’t wait until my Baylor Bears and Scott Drew get another shot at you, Bob, and your Red Raiders.

Baylor’s getting better, and it’s just a matter of time before Drew and the Bears prove it to the world.

Besides, Bobby, don’t you think it’s about time you cheer up and quit being such a jerk?


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