Knight: Rule hurts game

Feb 20, 2007 Read more: The Indianapolis Star 13
The new rule that says players must be at least one year removed from high school before entering the NBA is "the worst thing that's happened to college basketball since I've been coaching," Texas Tech coach ... Read more
Robert

AOL

#1 Feb 20, 2007
Knight is CORRECT! Why can't the NCAA and the NBA get together on what is best for all concerned? If you are going to have a rule, it should be that the athlete can go pro out of high school, and if he does not, he can not go pro until his class graduates from college. That would benefit all concerned!
Swan

Jasper, IN

#2 Feb 20, 2007
Robert wrote:
If you are going to have a rule, it should be that the athlete can go pro out of high school, and if he does not, he can not go pro until his class graduates from college. That would benefit all concerned!
Not exactly. This does not benefit the player who worked hard through 2 or 3 years of college, and now his stock is extremely high. He should have the right to go pro at any point and earn his as much as he can garner. I agree that the new rule doesn't promote the STUDENT-athlete, but colleges care less and less about the former part of that word. It all comes down to $$$$$
Fran Romero

United States

#3 Feb 20, 2007
I agree with Coach Knight.
Doug

Fort Wayne, IN

#4 Feb 20, 2007
I have always thought college athletic scholarships should not be re-newed every year. Bob Knight, for all of his faults, does have one thing right: College is about graduating kids. If a scholarship is given to a kid, that "slot" shouldn't be filled by anyone else until the student graduates. If he/she does not graduate (i.e. leaves early for the pros), the slot can't be filled for 5 years. That should put pressure on coaches to pick kids that will be with their program for 4-5 years, and by the way, isn't that what college is meant for - graduating kids!
Aritch

Appleton, WI

#6 Feb 20, 2007
I agree with Doug, of course all kids should graduate from college because education is just as important as playing basketball. However, this makes it harder for coaches because they have to trust when recruting that that player will finish school and stay in their program.
Adidas

United States

#7 Feb 20, 2007
Have to agree with Bobby on this one. If there is going to be a limit, make them commit to three years like college baseball if they commit at all. Those that are one year wonders can play out the year in the developmental league.
Kevin

Indianapolis, IN

#8 Feb 20, 2007
sick of it wrote:
Who cares what Bob Knight has to say.
Indiana let him go!
Who cares what the coach who has earned the most wins in the history of NCAA basketball, and maintained one of the highest graduation rates in the country, has to say?!? I would say that a lot of people care. Love him or hate him, Bob Knight has earned the right to speak about the game in which he has played such a huge role over the last 41 years.
Jim

Atlanta, IN

#9 Feb 20, 2007
Knight is being Knight - a big, irritating baby whining for attention. He knows a player can't flunk all classes first semester (the consequences of not attending classes) and still be eligible to play second semester. While the rule is surely weird and flawed, one semester of a college education is still better than none.
Fan

AOL

#10 Feb 20, 2007
i agree.If a kids comes to college it should before 4 Years.Not just one.But Knight has had some players leave early.so who is right and who is wrong.
Fan

AOL

#11 Feb 20, 2007
Robert wrote:
Knight is CORRECT! Why can't the NCAA and the NBA get together on what is best for all concerned? If you are going to have a rule, it should be that the athlete can go pro out of high school, and if he does not, he can not go pro until his class graduates from college. That would benefit all concerned!
The NBA will not let Knight tell them what to do,
Dave

Carmel, IN

#12 Feb 20, 2007
wow, Indiana people agreeing with anything that comes out of this mans mouth. what a surprise. where is my whip, my choke hold, my fav. puerto rican police officer, etc.
I want global warming

Plainfield, IL

#13 Feb 21, 2007
Of course Knight does not agree with the NCAA rule. He no longer can recruit the player that plays only one year. They simply will not play in his type of system. It hurts him when they choose Texas or Oklahoma for their one year. It was a self serving position.
Jerry Allen Butcher

Albion, PA

#14 Feb 21, 2007
I absolutely agree with Knight. So much has been lost, anyhow, with college basketball and this is just another example. I'd like to say I'd rather watch high school, but the good players in high school are a pain, for the most part, because the summer camps and AAU tournaments are more important to the kids than their high school teams, if they ever do play for the same high school for 4 years.
I remember the good ole days.

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