Knight: No contact made with Georgia

Updated: February 2, 2009, 8:37 PM ET
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Georgia may be on Bob Knight's mind, but the Hall of Fame coach isn't saying so specifically.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Sunday that if Knight were offered the Bulldogs job, he would take it, a source close to the coach told the newspaper.

Appearing Monday on the Tirico & Van Pelt Show on ESPN Radio, Knight said he has not had contact with Georgia and revisited his past stance about whether he'd return to the college ranks.

"It has to be a situation that I think is right for me and one where I would be right for the university," Knight said. "I have never said that I wouldn't coach again. I've simply said in the past, if the right situation came along, I would be interested."

Georgia fired Dennis Felton last Thursday after the Bulldogs (9-12 overall, 0-6 SEC) got off to an 0-5 start in the conference. Associate coach Pete Herrmann was named interim coach for the remainder of the season.

Knight, 68, left Texas Tech in the middle of the 2008 season. The winningest men's college basketball coach in history with 902 victories coached the Red Raiders from 2001-08 after a 29-year run at Indiana that ended in controversy.

"He doesn't want it to look as if he's pursuing the job," the source close to Knight told the Journal-Constitution. "He'd like to be offered it, and if offered, he'd take it.

"He doesn't want it to look as if he's looking for work, but I can assure you that he'd like to have the job. It's the idea of coaching a team in the Southeastern Conference that appeals to him. There are just so many things he could do for Georgia basketball. This would be his last stop, and he likes that."

After leaving Texas Tech -- the reins were handed to Knight's son Pat -- Knight has worked as an analyst for ESPN.

Georgia junior forward-center Albert Jackson expressed enthusiasm when told Knight might have interest in coaching the Bulldogs.

"I would love to have a coach of that caliber, that stature," Jackson told the Journal-Constitution. "You have a Hall of Fame coach, you have somebody like that, all you can do is be happy. If Bobby Knight wants to come in here, I'd be more than happy."

Meanwhile, Knight will call his first women's basketball game on Monday night when Tennessee coach Pat Summitt gets a first crack at her 1,000th victory. The Lady Vols' game, against No. 2 Oklahoma, airs on ESPN2 at 7:30 p.m. ET from Oklahoma City.

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