DALLAS -- Bob Knight would rather listen to Saddam Hussein talk about civil rights than some of the rhetoric about ethics in college basketball. Neither makes a lot of sense to him.
The Texas Tech coach wasn't among the about 300 coaches who
attended a mandatory meeting in Chicago earlier this month to
discuss an array of problems the sport has faced this year.
"If I say I'm going to listen to (Hussein) over a lot of the
rhetoric that I'd have to hear going to the other thing, I don't
think you have to be a mental giant to figure that one out,"
Knight said Thursday when asked to explain earlier comments
referring to the former Iraqi leader.
"People I've talked to thought it was a waste of time," he
The meeting called by the National Association of Basketball
Coaches came in the wake of several problems, including some at Big
Knight was asked about the meeting while talking to local
reporters on the Lubbock campus Monday.
"On some people that have spoken on that, I would have rather
listened to Saddam Hussein speak on civil rights than to some
people speak about ethics," he said then.
When asked during the Big 12 media day about Knight's remarks,
Oklahoma coach Kelvin Sampson, the NABC president, said he didn't
comment on other people's comments.
At Baylor, a former player is accused of killing a teammate.
Coach Dave Bliss was fired after the investigation found potential
NCAA rules, and secretly recorded tapes later revealed the coach
trying to discredit dead player Patrick Dennehy.
Also this past year, Iowa State coach Larry Eustachy resigned,
admitting that he was an alcoholic after it was revealed he partied
with students in dormitories after road games.
Elsewhere, Fresno State and Georgia declared themselves
ineligible for postseason play because of rules violations. St.
Bonaventure players refused to finish the season after a teammate
was found to have been admitted to the school under false
"The fact that there were some maybe extraordinary
circumstances and some situations this year does not set this past
year apart from any others in my mind," Knight said Thursday. "A
lot of attention has been placed on the Baylor situation because of
the circumstances, but some of the those circumstances had nothing
to do with basketball."