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Virginia columnist endorses Knight’s cheap shot

By LARRY VAUGHT

It’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.

Here’s an example of what I mean from Virginian-Pilot sports columnist Bob Molinaro:

“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.”

Molinaro  just threw that dart at Kentucky in the middle of a column he had about a variety of subjects. No attempt to clarify Knight’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 network’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 — as many other media members are going to do, too.

That’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:

“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?”

The key here was that “anyone who has followed college basketball” should know what is true and what is not true. Obviously, Molinaro either doesn’t follow college basketball or else just doesn’t care about using facts in his columns.

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  1. Jake

    Would they have been this tough on cal if he was still at memphis? I really have a hard time believing that, but now that he is at UK people want to pile on the hate bandwagon. It’s okay in my book because that means we are relevant again and now people are worried that the big blue mustang is ripping college hoops once again. So hate on my friends, hate on, But when our banners are legit and cal surpasses anyone’s expectations, take a piece of humble pie and some egg nog, and know that he will be king of the blugrass. GO BIG BLUE!!!! DOWN WITH TEXAS TODAY GOING FOR #2 IN THE NATION, HAHAHAHA HATE ON!

  2. gmoyers

    Great point Jake. Cal and UK together sure seem to have folks piling on

  3. Jim Boyers

    A “SPORTS COLUMNIST IN VIRGINIA”? ISN’T THAT KIND OF LIKE A “SNOWPLOW OPERATOR IN THE BAHAMAS” OR AN “ICE SALESMAN IN THE ARCTIC”?

    WHAT “SPORTS” DOES THIS GOOF HAVE TO REPORT ON?

    Ol’ Bob Tipton, errr I mean Bob Forde, errr Moliwhatever needs to pick a different line of work. If the whole “facts” thing isn’t his strong suit, perhaps he could write for the National Enquirer or the Lexington Herald.

    Bottom line: THEY ALL HATE US, CAUSE THEY AIN’T US!!!

    Like so many others have said, including Jake above: WE ARE RELEVANT AGAIN AND EVERYONE IS SHAKING IN THEIR LITTLE PINK BABY BOOTIES!!!

    To all the so-called “sports writers”: YOU ALL NEED TO GO CRAWL BACK INTO YOUR HOLES AND WRITE ABOUT YOUR OWN TEAMS!! YOU HAVE ENOUGH TO WORRY ABOUT IN YOUR OWN BACKYARDS. THE ONLY REASON YOU IDIOTS HAVEN’T DUG UP THE DIRT ON YOUR OWN TEAMS YET, IS BECAUSE YOU ARE TOO BUSY FOCUSING ON CAL AND UK. CHECK UNDER YOUR OWN BEDS AND BEHIND YOUR OWN CLOSET DOORS. YOU MAY BE EVEN MORE FRIGHTENED AND OFFENDED BY WHAT YOU FIND THERE, BECAUSE IT WILL BELONG TO YOU!!!!

    GO BIG BLUE!!!!

  4. Jimcats

    Are those danged Virginians still burning witches too?

  5. Jake

    Thanks Larry, and good point jim, I just can’t believe we are still talking about cal and this whole situation 10-0 (wink) games into the season, if he were at memphis would knight have said that, the answer is no, would this all be thrown under the rug and have sports writers talk about cal “reloading with new, and ELIGIBLE” talent? More than likely, it’s just sad that people absoulely hate on OUR team 100′s of miles away, some people don’t deserve the keyboard. lol. Oh one last thing Larry, do you think espn will allow anymore coach bashing of any kind like that? To me it’s not a great way to represent you’re network.

  6. Andy P.

    Good luck to ESPN trying to muzzle Bobby Knight. I can tell you from 40 years of watching this jerk, it ain’t going to happen. Secondly, I doubt that ESPN has any problem with what he said anyway given the crawl they ran continuously last night.

    The headline in the Courier Journal this morning is “Caliapari not miffed at Knight’s comments”. Please, let’s get real.

    You can’t watch Caliapari as closely as we UK fans do these days and not get a sense that he is extremely bright and street smart. This is the first time he has been on the blunt end of Bobby Knight the bully. He joins a long line of victims.

    Calipari is too savy to respond to Knight in any way other than the way he took the high road, but I would also say whatever relationship they had prior to Knight’s comments has been destroyed. Here’s hoping that Coach Cal gets his chance at the appropriate time to let the world know what his true feelings for Knight are.

  7. Linda

    I am just so tired of all these wannabes stirring this all up. Give it up. NC2A cleared Cal, don’t those idiots know how to read? They are going to try to come up with anything they possibly can to pin on UK now. It all boils down to WE ARE KENTUCKY. They don’t like us and they can’t stand it that they are not KENTUCKY. No other team has the local or national fan base that UK has had for ions. I live in KY, work in Indiana and there are more UK fans where I work than any other team. No matter where you go on earth you find a fan with a UK hat or shirt. These idiots are just trying to get there name in the pot and on the front page. They are little men who don’t know how to read or understand what they are reading. This just makes me so mad, he was cleared, end of story. $%#@8^! GO CATS! 10-0 10-0 10-0

  8. Jeff Dowdy

    Think they might all be trying to create bull to distract everyone from the fact we are approaching 2,000 wins.

  9. ransmith

    ESPN or no one else will put a muzzle on Bobby Knight, when he decides to be irrational, he does so 100%. I am glad Calipari has responded to Knights irrational cheap shot the way he has, he was very polite and professional, oh, and rational!

  10. gmoyers

    Don’t think ESPN will put any muzzles on anyone, especially KNight. They hired him to be stupid

  11. Wheatgerm

    I’m afraid I can’t praise Calipari for taking the “high road” here. Maybe reputation means nothing to him. Maybe he doesn’t care what his family has to endure with these tabloid smears. But there is such a thing as slander and defamation. All the elements are there, including reckless disregard of the truth. Okay, you don’t want to sue the Commercial-Appeal sports writer. Small potatoes. But Knight is something different. He’s an icon of the sport. If you don’t take a stand now, Cal, you simply invite scum to continue to drag your name through the mud. Why wouldn’t a reasonable person want to set the record straight? You tell a lie often enough, it becomes the truth.

    Did you hear Vitale address the issue during the NC-TX game today? Basically defended Knight by saying Bobby wasn’t going after Calipari particular, just college basketball in general. Weak. So very weak. Guess that leaves Bilas to speak out. Any bets?

  12. Jim Boyers

    That is a sucker bet Wheatgerm. Bilas has always defended the situations with Cal. He has repeatedly stated that Cal was not to blame and was being held unfairly accountable. It may be time for him to break out the facts again, because he is one of the few national media members who actually uses them in regard to this matter, If he flip-flops on this, it would really shock me.

    And Larry..BAAAAZINGAAAAA!!!! They hired Knight to be stupid? AWESOME LINE!!!!!

    GO BIG BLUE!!!!

  13. Linda

    I think Larry deserves sports writer of the year award for that line. Go Larry! GO CATS! 10-0 10-0 10-0 but just for another hour or so!

  14. Jake

    WHEATGERM, I agree with the vitale comments, but he goofed when he said knight wasn’t targeting cal. I believe the comment knight made was “That Coach at Kentucky”, kinda leaves no room for misunderstanding does it?

  15. Jake

    and oh yea Go Larry Great site! lol

  16. gmoyers

    Glad you liked the line Linda
    And thanks Jake for joining us

  17. Paige Madison

    I’m a UK fan who just recently to Charlottesville, VA to work at the University of Virginia. As for what sports they report on around here, UVA just won the NCAA division I soccer championship and was in the College World Series last year. So yes, while I disagree with the pot shot taken by Knight and the Virginia sports writer, to imply that there are no sports stories in Virginia is incorrect.

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