Coach Knight on NBA Age Rule

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Posted on February 20, 2007 1:09 AM in Sports
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At face value, I've always thought the new NBA age rule was a good thing for college sports, given that it was established, in theory anyway, to deter NBA hopefuls from skipping college altogether and going straight to the pros. However, tonight I read Bob Knight's take on it and I have to say I've been somewhat enlightened:

Now you can have a kid come to school for a year and play basketball and he doesn't even have to go to class. He certainly doesn't have to go to class the second semester...he would not have to attend a single class the second semester to play through the whole second semester of basketball. That, I think, has a tremendous effect on the integrity of college sports.

It's kinda funny to use the word "refreshing" and the name Bob Knight in the same sentence, given the coach's tenure in college basketball, but I do have to say that his take on the issue is refreshing. I guess I'm not surprised, though. Bob Knight is and has always been a basketball purist. It will be interesting to see if anything comes of it on a policy level.

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