At a ceremonial event, Bob Knight criticized the NCAA and called the rule Ohio State football players broke when they sold and traded their personal memorabilia “idiotic.”
“I understand what’s happened and there was a rule that was violated,” Knight said. “But it was an idiotic rule.”
Five Ohio State players, including star quarterback Terrelle Pryor, were suspended for the first five games of the upcoming season after it was revealed they traded jerseys, rings, trophies and other items for tattoos.
“I think this NCAA that we’re currently involved with is so far out of touch with the integrity of the sport that it’s just amazing,” Knight said.
Knight now works as an analyst for ESPN. He said he was glad his days of coaching are over. “The microphone, to me, is like the whistle is to an official,” Knight said. “Now I just simply say ‘now that is one of the worst calls I’ve seen in basketball.’ I love the microphone.”