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Knight joins ESPN

By Ken Schott
Thursday, February 28, 2008

The General is invading Bristol, Conn.

ESPN announced Thursday that Bob Knight will be a studio analyst for its NCAA Championship Week coverage, as well as the NCAA tournament. He will start March 12.

Knight, 67, resigned as Texas Tech basketball coach Feb. 4. He coached for 47 years, compiling a 902-371 record. Knight won three NCAA titles while at Indiana.

“I think ESPN has been real good for college basketball and I look forward to working with some of their people who I have known a long time,” Knight said in a statement.

It will be fun to see Knight’s abrasive style meshes with the always-outgoing, positive Dick Vitale. There is potential for fireworks, which would make for great TV. Maybe there will be a chair or two tossed.

And the technician operating the seven-second delay switch better be ready in case Knight lets some expletives go.

“Coach Knight is a legend with a depth of knowledge on tournament basketball,” ESPN executive vice president of production Norby Williamson said in a statement. “Fans have always found him to be a compelling listen, and we are delighted to add his insights to our tournament coverage.”

 

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