By LARRY VAUGHT
ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s bad enough that bully Bobby Knight had to mouth off about John Calipari without letting the facts get in the way of his comments.
But the real problem is that so many others want to pile on Calipari and Kentucky.
HereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s an example of what I mean from Virginian-Pilot sports columnist Bob Molinaro:
Ã¢â‚¬Å“I’m glad Bobby Knight called out John Calipari during a public appearance in Indiana, but it’s unlikely Knight will be allowed to take advantage of his ESPN soapbox to continue the attack. Calipari coaches Kentucky, a TV meal ticket and a team that features John Wall, the country’s most interesting player. ESPN’s first instinct is to protect its franchises.Ã¢â‚¬Â
MolinaroÃ‚Â just threw that dart at Kentucky in the middle of a column he had about a variety of subjects. No attempt to clarify KnightÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s statements. No attempt to explain that the two programs did not go on probation or that Calipari was not found guilty of any wrongdoing.
And he even accused ESPN of being afraid to criticize UK because of the networkÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s contract with the SEC even though I am pretty sure Kentucky is not the only team that has games shown on ESPN.
He just basically endorsed what Knight said as gospel and took his own cheap shot at Kentucky Ã¢â‚¬â€ as many other media members are going to do, too.
ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s why this response here from Calfan2 seemed a perfect answer to this off-base columnist in Virginia.
Here is what Calfan2 posted about this incident:
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Coach Cal’s response to the latest allegation by Knight is just another example of a truly first class person and coach. Anyone who has followed college basketball news this year has already heard of the these and knows that coach Cal was not involved and has been cleared of any wrongdoing. What a great lesson we all can learn about to deal with difficulties beyond your control?Ã¢â‚¬Â
The key here was that Ã¢â‚¬Å“anyone who has followed college basketballÃ¢â‚¬Â should know what is true and what is not true. Obviously, Molinaro either doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t follow college basketball or else just doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t care about using facts in his columns.