Bob Knight defends Jim Tressel on Mike & Mike

Ohio State football and more specifically Jim Tressel, as you might know, has been in the news the past few days.

And former Indiana coach and ESPN analyst Bob Knight, adamant follower of all NCAA guidelines, took to the airwaves to defend his friend Tressel this morning on Mike & Mike on ESPN Radio.

His comments can be described as nothing less than hypocritical for a man who prided himself for always running a clean program while in Bloomington. Witness:

“There is no coach in college sports that’s a better example, in my mind, of what coaching is all about and what it should be and how things should be done than Jimmy Tressel. He has done a great job at Ohio State, not because he’s won a lot of games, but because he has won a lot of games doing things the absolute right way. And I think that he would be at the top of the heap when it came to picking guys that did things the way they were supposed to be done. There isn’t anybody who is better in that regard than Jim Tressel is.”

Pressed by Mike Golic with the information that Tressel was made aware of potential NCAA violations within his program and failed to report them, Knight offered this response:

“Well then, if that is the case. And that really impresses me that with a Notre Dame degree you are so conversant with all of this. But seriously Mike, if that is the case and then it comes to my attention, then I’ve got to do something about it. And if it did come to Jim’s attention and he failed to do anything about it, then that’s something that he should have taken care of. But that being said, I still say what I’ve said about Jim Tressel and his overall approach to college football.”

Knight was then asked if he agreed with the punishment (a two-game suspension and $250,000 fine) handed down to Tressel on Tuesday evening by Ohio State:

“I think it’s absolutely ridiculous. I think if something like that comes up, it is not the most noticeable of rules. It’s a rather obscure rule. And they’ll say, ‘well, he should know all of the rules.’ Nobody, God himself, could not quote every rule in the NCAA law book. In fact, God would call on the disciples to decipher it for him.”

“I think it’s too harsh. I don’t understand why it isn’t just something like, ‘hey, you know, let’s just get it taken care of, get this resolved and go from there.’ I mean, you played and when you were playing, did your coach know everything that you and your teammates did? No, not even close to it.”

And in one final comment, Golic and Greenburg gave their colleague one final chance to call shenanigans by reiterating that Tressel was made aware of the violations months before they came to life. He had none of it and continued to blindly defend his friend:

“Well, then, that adds some severity to the whole situation. Again, you gotta keep in mind that I’m not conversant with all that took place. But again, I go back to what I said about Jim Tressel. If I was the father of a kid that played football, he’s the kind of coach I’d like for him to play under. And I feel very strongly about that. So if there’s a problem here where he screwed up, he’s not the first coach. Is he the first coach to ever screw something up? No. And I think that taking a coach out of the game is a little bit drastic and something like this, maybe Jim straightened it out at the time. Again, I don’t know all of the details.”

Unbelievable.

  • millzy32

    Special thanks to Alex Bozich for this thread. It gets my mind off our current team’s bad performance and lets me rant on something else instead.

  • MillaRed

    As we all said while in the army, “He is pissing in his own tent.”

    So next December we are playing Purdue at home, we’re down by 4 at halftime, the lights go dim, and out walks The General in a red IU sweater with a microphone.

    Could you imagine? I mean talk about publicity! This would be everywhere for weeks.

    He says what he has to say and finishes by saying “And by the way, F Purdue!”

    Mayhem. Absolute mayhem. Think about it Coach.

  • INUnivHoosier

    I was thinking the same thing… I guess I missed the part where tattoos put food on the table.

  • INUnivHoosier

    I was thinking the same thing… I guess I missed the part where tattoos put food on the table.

  • INUnivHoosier

    So it is okay for him to ignore the violation because the NCAA will probably just let the players play anyways? That is silly.

    You can’t pick and choose which things you want to ignore or report. If there is a violation, you need to take care of it. If your player is going to get suspended, that is their fault and your problem (if they are a good player). Unfortunately, as a coach, JT is responsible for their behavior while they are his players.

  • hgdownunder

    Didn’t Alford came under NCAA scrutiny because he posed for free for a charity calendar? These rules are not new, and have always been stringent.

  • deedubbadoo

    The NCAA is the one to blame for this “silliness.” Every big time program in the country knows that the NCAA will not do anything that would harm their cash cow. This breeds more seediness throughout. Am I saying that Tressel is wrong for not reporting it sooner? Sure. But my main point was that you comparing Tressel to the Caliparis and Eddie Suttons of the world is a little far reaching.

    You can’t have it both ways, either you punish these guys severely, as was the case with IU, or you can expect them to continue doing what they are doing. The Auburn and Oregon situations are prime examples of how the NCAA operates.

  • Anonymous

    Embrace the darkness! It will make the morning all the sweeter…!

    (But that doesn’t mean I’m gonna rerun the Illinoy game)

  • Anonymous

    I don’t believe any of the things you listed are ncaa violations?

  • walt

    Coach Knight was my hero for many years. Win or lose. Even when he lost he won over 20 games. Was on his side during the trouble with the IU student, glad he had some success at Texas Tech. However, the past 2 or 3 years, he feels like a “thorn” in my side every time he disses IU., by refusing to acknowledge invitation, not attending this or that, or lately The Ohio State fascination, know there are more things than this that he has done to diss IU, but, no, I would not be too excited if he showed for an event. He holds a grudge way too long. Do not want any thing at IU named after Coach Knight. How many times do the Coach Knight loyalists have to have their faces rubbed in that nasty stuff, before they realize that this guy is gone.

  • Andrew

    Davis was not fired. He resigned.

  • MillaRed

    Indeed

  • InTheMtns

    Andrew, you are correct. I’d forgotten that he resigned and I didn’t intentionally mean to misrepresent the situation. It’s possible that it is a distinction without difference, though, because if he hadn’t resigned, he was going to be let go.

  • Andrew

    Boy, Tj, in all of five sentences, you completely encapsulate RMK, circa 2011. Well done, and so true.

  • Tberry

    Bobby must be on the OSU payroll. First, he is helping their team with coaching for their Basketball program. Now, he is defending the cheating by their Football coach.

  • Andrew

    Agree.

  • Anonymous

    I wouldn’t go as far as saying Knight was defending Tressel’s knowing and not telling as much as he is defending Tressel as a person. Knight says, “if it did come to Jim’s attention and he failed to do anything about it, then that’s something that he should have taken care of.” To me, Knight is saying that Tressel should have done something about it, but he did not. I would say Knight is defending Tressel as a person and coach overall and not his cheating. I know a lot of you will disagree, but that is my opinion.

  • DanTheMan

    Ozzy, are you sure the players own their jerseys? cleats? I’m asking because i don’t know for sure…but i think the University (or corporate sponsor like Adidas) provides them and therefore owns them. If that’s the case, how is it not a NCAA rules violation?? Selling or trading stuff that’s not yours is a crime.

  • DanTheMan

    Ozzy, are you sure the players own their jerseys? cleats? I’m asking because i don’t know for sure…but i think the University (or corporate sponsor like Adidas) provides them and therefore owns them. If that’s the case, how is it not a NCAA rules violation?? Selling or trading stuff that’s not yours is a crime.

  • bozo

    Very disappointed with Bob on tis one!
    He sounds like a hypocritic?

  • http://www.facebook.com/bikelegs2 Larry Pearson

    I guess it was down to who could get to the finish line 1st, fired or resigned.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bikelegs2 Larry Pearson

    They didn’t? The 5 players should have been suspended & not played in the bowl game. And Trussel shouldn’t have been allowed to coach ot, clearly manipulations went on here in favor of Ohio St.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bikelegs2 Larry Pearson

    I agree…..

  • Anonymous

    This ridiculous scenario brought to you courtesy of the O$U athletic department. This “excuse” is almost as far fetched as Tressel no knowing who to tell.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah 99.9% of the reason

  • IUeconAlum

    Knight is on his alma mater’s bandwagon. Say this happened at IU under Bill Lynch. Lynch is also a very respectable/non-cheating coach. I guarantee Bob isn’t sticking up for IU, but throwing the Hoosiers under the bus. He got canned and has been pouting about it for 10 years. His actions are as much to blame for the current state of Indiana basketball as they were to extend the wonderful history of championships we already had before him. I am so glad Bob Knight doesn’t bring up Indiana much on ESPN, I don’t want to be affiliated with that biased jerk. His attitude is 100% garbage.

  • Anonymous

    Until his friend disagrees with him, then he’s persona non grata.

  • Anonymous

    Until his friend disagrees with him, then he’s persona non grata.

  • Anonymous

    Thank god they only sold their merchandise and didn’t commit a more heinous act like going to class, a la Guy Marc-Michel. Then they’d be ineligible for sure!

  • Anonymous

    Thank god they only sold their merchandise and didn’t commit a more heinous act like going to class, a la Guy Marc-Michel. Then they’d be ineligible for sure!

  • millzy32

    Cleveland area

  • Gary Atkinson

    i am not a Knight fan ok-but-you would have to know every little detail-unless you got a ND diploma

  • http://weeklycritiquely.blogspot.com/ IUfanPurduePhD

    As Demetri Martin says, the only thing sweater vests protect you from are pretty women.

  • http://weeklycritiquely.blogspot.com/ IUfanPurduePhD

    As Demetri Martin says, the only thing sweater vests protect you from are pretty women.

  • Gary

    NEVER HAVE LIKED BOBBY KNIGHT AND THIS PROVES WHAT AN IDIOT HE IS. TRESSELL SHOULD HAVE BEEN FIRED.

  • Anonymous

    So Bobby Knight thinks the NCAA violations should only be applyed agaisnt whom he wishes.. The manner the NCAA has been operating the recent years  they’ll probally send OS an Blue ribbon. Facts  i know these kids handled things wrong however question  Conn Drug  and other violations. vs discounts  HELLO . I am not hammering these OS Vans and players . Ohio State Basketball team should be very proud i think they where the best in the Nation. I futhermore see no joy for Conn i think the Title game was Ky vs Ohio State. And much to my suprise we won. ESPN needs to send this has been to pasture ..The NCAA has to be reworked from it’s foundation.. the double standards are going to stop. I wish an player would challenge  them before an federal  court  on there  equally  applying  there rulings.This game to much to large for this group trying to oversee it and all the teams. There personal feelings are playing to bigger role in applying fairness as required by law.

  • Anonymous

    So Bobby Knight thinks the NCAA violations should only be applyed agaisnt whom he wishes.. The manner the NCAA has been operating the recent years  they’ll probally send OS an Blue ribbon. Facts  i know these kids handled things wrong however question  Conn Drug  and other violations. vs discounts  HELLO . I am not hammering these OS Vans and players . Ohio State Basketball team should be very proud i think they where the best in the Nation. I futhermore see no joy for Conn i think the Title game was Ky vs Ohio State. And much to my suprise we won. ESPN needs to send this has been to pasture ..The NCAA has to be reworked from it’s foundation.. the double standards are going to stop. I wish an player would challenge  them before an federal  court  on there  equally  applying  there rulings.This game to much to large for this group trying to oversee it and all the teams. There personal feelings are playing to bigger role in applying fairness as required by law.

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