go to MSN.com
Found February 19, 2013 on Awful Announcing:
PLAYERS: John CalipariBob Knight
TEAMS:

Via Awful Announcing:

One of the most disappointing tenures in announcing history is reportedly set to end with a whimper.  Jason McIntyre at TBL has multiple sources inside ESPN that say the network will not renew Bob Knight's contract at the end of the college basketball season.

Knight (sorry that's supposed to be Coach Knight or Mr. Knight) has been an ESPN college basketball analyst since 2008 and his departure from coaching.  Initially, ESPN praised Knight's hiring as a "compelling listen" and hailed the former coach as a "legend."  Knight could be a decent game analyst when he was engaged, but his wealth of knowledge and insight about the game never made it to viewers at home.  The only thing that proved to be compelling about Knight's ESPN career was the controversy he created and the material he provided blogs.  Knight's public, petulant feud with John Calipari and Kentucky reached ridiculous levels when the former coach wouldn't say the name of the eventual national champion last year.  In fact, it was news when an ESPN college basketball analyst finally spoke the word "Kentucky."  The mini-controversy exposed the absurd favorability and leeway ESPN provided Knight, who was able to play by his own set of rules.

Knight's other notable moments as an ESPN broadcaster?  I can think of three:

1) The time he swore on College Gameday.
2) The time he fell asleep on College Gameday.
3) The time he forgot what the shot clock was.

And that's it.  TBL even notes one source inside ESPN saying the network has gone as far as hiding Knight on unattractive games this season.  Knight has mostly called SEC games this year on ESPN2, so there's certainly some legitimacy to that idea.  Additionally, his presence across the "family of networks" has been diminished greatly since he had his own SportsCenter segments at the beginning of his analyst career.

Knight's legacy as a broadcaster is one ESPN would rather forget.  There couldn't have been many observers who imagined his notoriously irritable personality would translate well to television, but Bristol bent over backwards to bow down to the mystique of The General and his ESPN sweater.  The mystique quickly faded as Knight never connected with viewers and he slowly moved out of the college basketball spotlight.  It's another lesson that great coaches and players don't always make great analysts.

[The Big Lead]

More from Awful Announcing:
6 Comments:
  • Bobby is Bobby. ESPN knew full well when they hired him that he wasn't going to change his behavioral patterns.To ESPN his knowledge of the game over rode his past.Unfortunately Bobby has two sides to his personality.The good one is not portrayed on TV.Best of Luck Bob. You'll rebound like Wilt the Stilt!
  • Bobby IS the greatest!!!!
  • This clown should have never been hired by ESPN..Knight exemplifies the worst of college basketball...
  • I will take Bobby Knight anyday over the clueless Dickheaded Vital. Vital was a second rate coach that should have never been given a job above Girls High School ball. He is what is wrong with college basketball Bobby Knight produced procudtive human beings Vital promotes the gangsta player
  • thank you espn for now bringing back that ill-tempered, egotistical ALPHA HOTEL.
  • Coaches don't always make good analysts just as analysts don't make good coaches or players. But that never stopped them. Vital is an idiot who likes to sell himself. Knight is the best and one of the last coaches who built character among his players by making them work in the classroom and on the court.
THE BACKYARD
RELATED ARTICLES
CAT FIGHT

Calipari's daughter takes shot at Louisville fans

John Calipari's daughter, Erin, took a shot a Louisville fans in response to a cartoon about Nerlens Noel.

Calipari: Wildcats must change

During Monday's SEC Coaches Teleconference, UK's John Calipari said the Wildcats must adapt moving forward to salvage their season in the wake of Nerlens Noel's injury and a 30-point loss at Tennessee.

John Calipari’s daughter takes shot at Louisville fans over cartoon (Picture)

Rooting for injuries is never a classy thing to do, but it’s safe to say there are very few Louisville fans who are weeping over the fact that Kentucky has lost freshman Nerlens Noel for the remainder of the season. Noel, who was averaging over 10 points and nearly 10 rebounds per game, suffered a season-ending knee injury during a loss to Florida on Feb. 12. The Wildcats are now...

John Calipari’s daughter takes shot at Louisville fans

The above cartoon is from Erin Calipari, the daughter Kentucky’s basketball coach, and  in response to a Courier-Journal cartoon as seen below. Erin Calipari tweeted out the drawing with the caption, “This would be my cartoon. #UL #BBN” I know it’s in good nature, but I am not a big fan of The Courier-Journal taking a shot at Nerlens Noel, an 18-year-old, who is out for...

KyScout Video: Cats Regrouping

In this KentuckyScout video feature, UK coach John Calipari talks about the Wildcats attempting to bounce back from a 30-point loss at Tennessee without injured center Nerlens Noel.

Coach John Calipari backtracks after calling his Kentucky players ‘uncoachable’

After calling his players "uncoachable", Kentucky's John Calipari backtracked on that statement in an open letter on Sunday.

Stallings: Kentucky still very talented

Vanderbilt head coach Kevin Stallings addressed the SEC media on Monday. Stallings said the Wildcats are still very, very talented despite the loss of star Nerlens Noel. Both Vandy and Kentucky have fallen quite a bit since strong showings in the 2011-12 season.

John Calipari’s daughter takes shot at Louisville with cartoon

Erin Calipari, the daughter of Kentucky head coach John, drew this cartoon and released it on Twitter in response to the Courier Journal's Nerlens Noel cartoon.

Rocky Topped: Tennessee 88, UK 58.

Life without Nerlens Noel took an immediate free-fall at the hands of Tennessee. After was was described as a horrid practice, John Calipari did not feel too confident about this upcoming contest with the Vols. I guess he had a right to be, but nobody would have predicted such a lopsided outcome. The 30-point defeat is Kentucky’s largest loss to the Vols in the series history,...
Wildcats News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

RUMORS & GOSSIP

Donovan McNabb, Randy Moss: Coaching is Cowboys' problem

The Dallas Cowboys have not made the playoffs since 2009, which was also the last time they posted a winning record. Despite having some talented players on their roster, the Cowboys can’t seem to win when it counts. Tony Romo takes most of the blame for that, but Donovan McNabb and Randy Moss see things […]
Via Larry Brown Sports
14 hours ago

Jones-Drew, Schaub believe London deserves NFL team

It's not just NFL higher-ups who believe the sport should be expanded over the pond. In an interview with BritviewNFL.com's Neil Reynolds, Raiders running back Maurice Jones-Drew opined that London deserves a full-time franchise. "You know what? I think they deserve one," Jones-Drew said, via NFL.com. "It's just the toll it takes on the body because...
Via Helmet2Helmet
39 minutes ago

Masahiro Tanaka reportedly has a partially torn UCL

Oh man, this is bad news. Masahiro Tanaka, the New York Yankees’ stellar Japanese hurler was placed on the disabled list yesterday with “elbow inflammation,” but after an MRI the news got much, much worse on Thursday. Tanaka has reportedly been diagnosed with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. That injury almost always leads to Tommy John surgery...
Via Rumors and Rants
1 hour ago

Favre jersey retirement called off in 2014 over fear of booing?

A time will come when Brett Favre has his No. 4 jersey retired by the Green Bay Packers. That time just doesn't appear like it will come in 2014 though.Packers president Mark Murphy talked about the matter recently with ESPNWisconsin.com, and despite continually saying that the franchise plans to retire Favre's jersey, Murphy admitted it was highly unlikely such an occurrence...
Via Bush League Chronicle
2 hours ago

Paul Azinger: Tiger has become worse in quest to get better

SOUTHPORT, England – Paul Azinger said Thursday that a quest by Tiger Woods to make his swing better has backfired on him. Woods has gone through four swing changes with three coaches during his career, each time saying the objective was to get better. In a conference call for ESPN, Azinger said that in his quest to get better, “I think he’s actually gotten a little bit worse...
Via NESN.com
4 hours ago

Boston Celtics still looking to trade Rajon Rondo?

The Boston Celtics have been one of the more active trades on the free agent and trade market so far this offseason, and they are reportedly still looking to trade Rajon Rondo. According to a report from CelticsBlog, there appears to be a very likely chance that he will end up being traded at some point in the near future. There have been rumors surrounding Rondo about the Sacramento...
Via Sports-Glory
6 hours ago

NFL teams split more than $6 billion in revenue last season

Anyone worried how all the bad press the NFL has gotten for its treatment of former players and worries about concussions would impact the league’s bottom line can stop worrying. It’s doing just fine. According to financials released by the Green Bay Packers on Thursday afternoon, the NFL’s teams split more than $6 billion between them last season, which was a record amount...
Via Midwest Sports Fans
5 hours ago

Jackson: No word yet from Carmelo, confident he'll re-sign

As the NBA Universe awaits the decisions of Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James, New York Knicks president Phil Jackson is showing his confidence. Jackson spoke to the media on Thursday and revealed that Anthony has five contract offers on the table from the Knicks, and he’s confident he’ll hear good news. “I felt really good […]
Via Full Scale Sports
5 hours ago

Brooklyn Nets have killed off their ridiculous mascot

The Brooklyn Nets committed something of a mercy killing on Wednesday when the team announced that its much-maligned, completely ridiculous and absurdly cheesy mascot, BrooklyKnight, will not be returning next season. Grantland’s Zach Lowe was the first to break the sobering — but welcome — news on Twitter. Actual news: Nets have informed their mascot […] The post The BrooklyKnight...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
10 hours ago

MLB All-Star game final vote winners announced

Celebratory day for Chicago baseball as the MLB announced both Anthony Rizzo of the Cubs, and Chris Sale of the White Sox were awarded the final spots in both the National and American Leagues, respectively. Rizzo received 8.8 million votes, while Sale received 6.7 million votes. A Windy City sweep! @ARizzo44 (8.8 million votes) and […]
Via Full Scale Sports
6 hours ago
Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.