Report: Knight interested in Georgia opening

  • 02/01/2009 11:53 am in

Could Bob Knight be making his final stop in coaching in the SEC? If you believe the speculation from Furman Bisher in this morning’s Atlanta Journal Constitution, Knight is interested in the opening at Georgia:

It can be done, but as you’d imagine, only if done his way. His way:

“He doesn’t want it to look as if he’s pursuing the job. He’d like to be offered it, and if offered, he’d take it,” said a mutual friend, who did not want to be named but was willing for this columnist to report Knight’s interest.

“He doesn’t want it to look as if he’s looking for work, but I can assure you that he’d like to have the job. It’s the idea of coaching a team in the Southeastern Conference that appeals to him. There are just so many things he could do for Georgia basketball. This would be his last stop, and he likes that.”

I’ve gotta be honest: If I was a Georgia fan, I’d want no part of this. Nothing against Knight: He’s obviously one of the greatest coaches of all-time, but he’s just not in the position to build a program for the long haul. He could up and leave at any time (see Texas Tech) and it’s questionable if he can still recruit top notch talent. If I’m an AD or President at a school in a major conference, I’d say thanks Bob, but no thanks.

{Thanks to ITH reader Patrick for the tip.}

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  • Hoosier_Hound

    I'm not sure I believe this report, but if Knight does take the job he will surely succeed. He took an unremarkable Texas Tech program to the NCAA tournament 5 times in 6 years, including a Sweet 16, without ever having a lot of talent. I would say the SEC is almost always a weaker conference than the Big 12, too. But if you're Georgia, you'd have to wonder how long he would want to coach there. We've seen here at Indiana how a lot of coaching changes in a row (in basketball and football) isn't very good for a program.

  • JerryCT

    Agree. Then he hires Pat Knight who otherwise might not be employable and sets the program back even more years.

    Looking at it another way. If IU had hired Thad Matta instead of being forced by the players to take on Mike Davis what would have the last almost 8 years been like ?

  • Taskmaster75

    We would be hanging another banner in Assembly Hall. Conley, DJ, Oden, sick

  • msdiu81

    Bob's 15 minutes are up and over. I'm not sure I would call going to the tournament 5 or 6 times and then walking out on his team a success. He knew he'd never do anything at TTU and he won't do anything now. Kids don't buy into the “you screwed up now I will beat you into submission” type of coaching anymore. (at least not the top tier athletes that he would need to win) Stay retired Bob and do the college basketball world a favor. Don't pull a Jordan and an Armstrong on us. Now can we please get back to Inside the Hall, which I assume is a blog for IU fans and IU basketball happenings, not some worn out, past his prime coach who just can't stand being out of the media spotlight? Go Coach Crean and go Hoosiers!!

  • JerryCT

    One of only 2 coaches all time with 20+ wins each of his 8 seasons. Three times has beaten a #1 . Three times teams have won reg season, conf tournament and he won COY in his conference. All time win %is around 76%.

    BTW check out his record in fisrt year at Butler without his recruits, First year at Xavier w/o his recruits and knocked off #1 Illinois at OSU w/o his recruits.

    We should be so lucky

  • Unknown

    if we had Matta we wouldn’t have DJ…Davis recruited kids from Alabama and DJ was the best player in the state and Matta wouldn’t have even contended with Southern schools…also look at Matta now he has talent that he dosent even coach, all he dose is recruit…if we had him we would just have a ton one and dones….Matta isnt that great of a coach since he cant win a title with 3 consecutive top 10 classes

  • MikeinNC

    I don't see how this is a good move for Georgia. It is questionable whether or not Knight can still recruit top talent, and I can't imagine he is more than a 3-4 year coach. He recruits a very specific type of player for his system. So you are likely to see 3-4 years of solid, but still average teams, then he leaves, and someone spends 2-3 more years rebuilding because they can't use his players in their system. They are much better off going after a hot mid-major coaching talent and building for the long haul. The only programs for whom Knight would make sense are programs that need major rebuilding and publicity…and those are not the kind of programs Knight wants to go to….

  • Hardwood83

    I love RMK and wish he could have left IU on top (after a 2002 NC, perhaps?) but the consensus is correct- what is the upside for UGa? Or for Knight for that matter? Stay retired, Bobby.

  • HoosierSmitty

    Are we really complaining about not having Matta here? Are you unhappy with Crean?

    What's the point in woulda-couldas? I loved the ride of the 2002 National Title game team and loved DJ and the others that played at IU.

    It hasn't always been pretty…but I like where we're heading and I'm not going to complain about the past.

  • Taskmaster75

    Then how do you explain UCLA, who hasn't won a championship with great classes.

  • Taskmaster75

    Then how do you explain UCLA, who hasn't won a championship with great classes.