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And Another Thing

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Glass half full

Sometimes Bob Knight is so right about a thing it takes your breath away.

Of course, then you get your breath back, and you realize he's not that right.

And so we come to his latest flaming of the NCAA, declaring the rule the Ohio State players broke by selling their memorabilia was "idiotic." He's right. It is idiotic. As the Blob has said before, if the schools don't want the players selling their championship rings and assorted bowl goodies, don't give them to them.

However ...

However, it is a rule. And the players violated it. And when disgraced Ohio State coach Jim Tressel found out about it, he, too, violated the rules by not immediately reporting the violations to his athletic department, as every coach in NCAA college athletics knows he's supposed to do. And then he compounded it by lying about it for almost a year.

Those are the facts. And there's just no wiggle room in them.

Yet Knight, once the defender of the faith when it came to seeing every issue in stark black-and-white, continues to try to create wiggle room because Ohio State's his alma mater and Tressel's one of his boys. The great Black-And-White Warrior now sees shades of gray where none existed before, surprise, surprise.

And in that, once more, he's right. There are myriad shades of gray where the NCAA's conduct of college athletics is concerned. Knight's not wrong in pointing that out. He is, however, wrong in insinuating that, just because the NCAA is "out of touch," its rules -- even the ones that don't make sense -- shouldn't be absolute. And that the violators shouldn't be fully punished.

Which is what he seems to be doing here.

Ben Smith's blog.

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