go to MSN.com
Originally written February 19, 2013 on Awful Announcing:

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:
PLAYERS: John CalipariBob Knight
TEAMS:
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.
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Fan on Craigslist offers Nats playoff tickets for threesome

Brady snubs rookie Garoppolo after touchdown pass

Cung Le suspended for failed HGH test

FCC Chairman: Washington nickname 'inappropriate today'

Brain study finds 76 of 79 deceased NFL players had CTE

Tony Sparano to step in as Raiders head coach

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Eli on Geno Smith: If fans yell at you, you probably deserve it

49ers players come out in support of Jim Harbaugh

Raiders reportedly expected to make a run at Jon Gruden

FCC unanimously ends sports blackout rule

Michael Phelps arrested for DUI

Is hiring Mack Brown a real possibility for SMU Mustangs?

AL Wild Card live blog

WATCH: Brett Favre in new nose hair trimmer commercial

WATCH: Michigan students protest, call for AD to be fired

Marlins president: We're not trading Giancarlo Stanton

Heckling Knicks fan suing team over ejection

This weekend in NFL stupid

Kobe: Iggy Azalea has had better career than Swaggy P

College football's post-Week 5 playoff projection

Oregon to don pink-themed unis for breast cancer awareness

Is DeMarco Murray the best RB in the NFL?

WATCH: TBS sends up 'Boom Goes the Dynamite' with promo

Ilya Bryzgalov takes photos with fans while on the bench

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

Fan on Craigslist offers Nats playoff tickets for threesome

If there happen to be a couple of ladies in the D.C. inclined to part with their dignity in exchange for MLB playoff tickets, well, one Craigslist user has an offer for you. An unidentified man has offered up on Craigslist his two tickets in the Diamond Club section of Nationals Park for Friday’s playoffs-opening […] The post Guy offers up Nationals playoff tickets on Craigslist...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
9 hours ago

Brady snubs rookie Garoppolo after touchdown pass

TweetThe New England Patriots were blown out by the Kansas City Chiefs Monday night, with star QB Tom Brady uncharacteristically playing terrible football. Brady was so bad that he was pulled in the 4th quarter with the score 41-7. Brady’s backup Jimmy Garoppolo came in to mop up for New England and promptly led the first team offense on a scoring drive, throwing his first career...
Via Los That Sports Blog
15 hours ago

Cung Le suspended for failed HGH test

So, remember when Cung Le posted the above pic on the Internet and claimed the reason he looked overly ripped was because he had just finished an intense workout and the photo was shot under the “perfect lighting”? Yeah, about that… As many had suspected, Le was on something, and that something was human growth hormone. The UFC has suspended Le nine months, retroactive to his...
Via 5thRound.com
4 hours ago

FCC Chairman: Washington nickname 'inappropriate today'

This could very well end up being the nail in the coffin for the Washington Redskins as we know it. The FCC (Federal Communications Commission) is now considering banning the Redskins name and whether to punish broadcasters who use the term. Reuters is reporting that the FCC received a petition on behalf of a legal activist to take actions in guaranteeing that the team name is no...
Via Sportsnaut
6 hours ago

Brain study finds 76 of 79 deceased NFL players had CTE

Researchers at the nation’s largest brain bank have concluded a study on the brains of... Article found on: Next Impulse Sports
Via Next Impulse Sports
7 hours ago

Tony Sparano to step in as Raiders head coach

The Oakland Raiders will name Tony Sparano their temporary head coach during a press conference at 5 p.m. ET reported first by ESPN’s Jim Trotter. On Monday night, the Raiders fired head coach Dennis Allen following an embarrassing loss to the Miami Dolphins. Despite tweaking the roster in the off-season, the Raiders started the season with an 0-4 record. Allen’s career record...
Via NESN.com
9 hours ago

Eli on Geno Smith: If fans yell at you, you probably deserve it

Eli Manning is no stranger to the boo birds. The New York Giants quarterback has gone through his fair share of struggles while under center, and subsequently had a good number of unprintable insults hurled his way by the home fans. But despite all of the harassing and heckling Manning has endured, he’s never stooped to the fans’ level and responded, although he certainly empathizes...
Via NESN.com
10 hours ago

49ers players come out in support of Jim Harbaugh

It’s probably not all too suprising that multiple San Francisco 49ers players have come out in support head coach Jim Harbaugh. It was reported by NFL Media’s Deion Sanders on Sunday night that some within the 49ers locker room want Harbaugh out. ESPN’s Trent Dilfer also called the environment under Harbaugh in San Francisco “toxic.” On Monday, veteran Alex Boone came out...
Via Sportsnaut
11 hours ago

Raiders reportedly expected to make a run at Jon Gruden

Tim Kawakami of Mercury News expects the Raiders to make a “hard run” at hiring Jon Gruden as their next head coach. Ian Rapoport also suggests that the Raiders were likely to set their sights on Gruden before targeting different “superstar” head coaching candidate. “Of course, all eyes turn to Jon Gruden. We know he is close with Raiders owner Mark Davis,” Rapoport...
Via NFL Trade Rumors
17 hours ago

FCC unanimously ends sports blackout rule

In a unanimous 5-0 vote, the Federal Communications Commission threw out the sports blackout rule that had been on the books dating back to 1975. It allowed sports leagues to use the FCC as a crutch to blackout games in local markets. Victory for sports fans! Today @TomWheelerFCC @MClyburnFCC @AjitPaiFCC @JRosenworcel and @mikeofcc voted 5-0 to end #Sportsblackout rules. — The...
Via Awful Announcing
12 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.