Thursday, March 08, 2007
Dick Vitale has been having some problems. He can't get into the Hall of Fame. He's been nominated in 2004 and 2006 previously, and now 2007. He needs some help...so who comes to his side?
Robert Montgomery Knight
Coach Bob Knight is ticked off again, but it has nothing to do with his Texas Tech Red Raiders.Wow John Chaney! Really? Another guy I want on my side....well maybe in a fight.
He's upset that broadcaster and longtime pal Dick Vitale keeps falling short in his bid to join Knight in the basketball Hall of Fame.
So Knight, himself inducted in 1991, has lined up some big names to write letters to the Hall in a campaign for Vitale's admission, including John Wooden, Pete Newell, Dean Smith, Mike Krzyzewski, John Chaney, Don Haskins, Lute Olson, Denny Crum, Jim Boeheim and Rick Barnes.
The most hilarious part of the story is that the committee doesn't even pay attention to items submitted on someone's behalf. Bobby Knight knows this, but went through with the process anyway....
The problem is, the committee of 24 that selects inductees won't read letters or peruse anything submitted on behalf of any player, coach, contributor or referee, Doleva said. A finalist needs 18 votes to be inducted.Obviously Dick Vitale needs to be in the Hall. His work with the Jimmy V Foundation alone should be enough, but he is a huge ambassador for the game. Love him, or can't stand him, I don't think this March would be as "Mad" as it is.
"I think that's absolutely ludicrous that they don't receive information from people that know about" those nominated, Knight said.
Members of the selection committee are not made public and even they don't know who else votes, Doleva said.
Last month Knight sent a letter to the Hall's board chairman, Russ Granik, saying the letters from 2006 show "incredibly strong and overwhelming support" for Vitale's election. The opinions of those who wrote letters are being "ignored" if they don't make into voters' hands, Knight said Monday.
Doleva said the process does not include politicking.
Either way I'm pretty sure Bobby Knight is just blowing hot air......but what else is new?
Are You Serious? (CNNSI)