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Saturday, Dec. 19, 2009

Knight rips Calipari in speech

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Bob Knight felt right at home in Indiana.

For more than 90 minutes Thursday night, Knight recounted tales from his coaching days, stories from the recruiting trail, lessons he passed along to players and, oh yes, even a new critique of the NCAA.

It was a rare trip to the state where the current ESPN analyst was treated like a royalty, and it was his first public appearance in Indiana since skipping his own induction into the Indiana University Hall of Fame last month.

He urged the governing body's administration to require tournament teams to submit eligibility reports, an effort to assure that players who are competing in postseason games have been attending classes and earning acceptable grades.

"We've gotten into this situation where integrity is really lacking and that's why I'm glad I'm not coaching," he said.

"You see we've got a coach at Kentucky (John Calipari), who put two schools (UMass, Memphis) on probation and he's still coaching. I really don't understand that."

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