Bob Knight would consider returning to the sideline if the right coaching opportunity presented itself.
"It has to be a situation that I think is right for me and one
where I would be right for the university," Knight told ESPN
Radio. "It has to be one, from my standpoint, where I think we
would have the wherewithal to recruit and be able to compete with
His name has been linked to the opening at Georgia, but Knight,
who resigned as Texas Tech coach almost one year ago, said he has
had no contact with Georgia.
And Georgia hasn't said it's interested in Knight.
Athletic director Damon Evans is heading the Georgia search
after firing Dennis Felton on Thursday. Evans ultimately will make
a recommendation to University of Georgia president Michael Adams.
Adams' friendship with NCAA president Myles Brand could become a
factor. As the president at Indiana, Brand fired Knight. Adams is
chair of the NCAA executive committee.
Dick Vitale said Georgia should pounce if it gets the
opportunity to hire his fellow ESPN college basketball analyst.
"I don't even know if he would take a job but I know Georgia
has a lot of positives going for it in the scenario there and I
think he'd be interested, I really do, but I can't speak for Bob
Knight," Vitale said in a telephone interview.
"To me it's no contest, if Bobby Knight is interested in
Georgia basketball it's no contest. He's so good I'd come with him
as an assistant. I'd be his chauffeur."
Evans promoted assistant coach Pete Herrmann to the top job for
the remainder of the season. Evans, returning from the Super Bowl
on Monday, did not return a phone message. He said Thursday he
would use a search firm to help assemble the pool of candidates.
The 68-year-old Knight is the winningest men's major college
coach with 902 victories in 42 seasons at Army, Indiana and Texas
Tech. He resigned as Texas Tech's coach on Feb. 4, 2008, turning
the team over to his son, Pat.
In Knight's six full years at Texas Tech, he led the Red Raiders
to five 20-win seasons and four NCAA tournament berths. The Red
Raiders advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2005 but won only one
other NCAA tournament game under Knight.
Knight began working as a studio analyst with ESPN last season
and has expanded his duties to calling games this season. He was on
the broadcast team for Monday night's Tennessee-Oklahoma women's
game in Oklahoma City.