Former Indiana coach Bob Knight rips John Wooden over UCLA recruiting practices
Former Indiana basketball coach Bob Knight ripped the school for firing him and legendary UCLA coach John Wooden over the school's recruiting practices when the team dominated college basketball in the 1960's and 70's.
Knight made the comments in an interview on "Undeniable with Joe Buck" that is set air Wednesday on the Audience channel.
"I’ve never been a Wooden fan,” Knight said.
“I have a lot of respect for Wooden as a coach, how he coached, he was a good coach, but from then on, and I don’t mind saying it, I don’t respect Wooden, because he allowed Sam Gilbert to do whatever it took to recruit kids. And one time he told me, he said, ‘I just didn’t know how to deal with Sam Gilbert.’ And I’m saying to myself, ‘I damn sure could have dealt with him.’ Personally, I liked John, as a person, but it isn’t just John, it’s a whole UCLA approach to recruiting," Knight said.
I think John was called in and told he didn’t have to worry about recruiting, that they had people that would take care of that for him. And that’s coming from people who really know the circumstances."
Knight was fired from Indiana after a run-in with a student in 2000, with the school saying that Knight's behavior over his three-decade tenure there was “uncivil, defiant and unacceptable.”
The student said that Knight grabbed him and cursed at him after calling Knight by his last name.
Knight said the student made "a dumb mistake" when addressing him.
"And I went over there and I said ‘Son, let me tell you something, you don’t address adults like that under any circumstances.’ And that’s why I have no use for Indiana University, because they used that as a reason to get me out of there, and that’s absolute (expletive)," Knight said.