Kentucky takes 'great offense' to Knight statement

By: AP
By: AP

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Bob Knight is taking aim at Kentucky coach
John Calipari once again.

The Hall of Fame coach blasted Calipari's habit of recruiting
players who spend just a year on campus before bolting for the NBA
during a speaking engagement in Indiana over the weekend.

During his remarks Knight claimed several players on Kentucky's
2009-10 roster did not attend class during the spring semester. The
Wildcats started five underclassmen last spring, four of whom went
on to become first-round NBA draft picks last June. Another
freshman, center Daniel Orton, also left early for the NBA.

Kentucky athletic director Mitch Barnhart responded on Monday
evening, saying the school took "great offense" to Knight's
accusations. He says all five starters last year finished the
season in good academic standing.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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