One Hall of Fame coach took aim at another Hall of Fame coach this week.
Former Indiana coach Bob Knight, appearing on “Undeniable with Joe Buck” on Wednesday night, took issue with former UCLA coach John Wooden and the Bruins’ approach to recruiting.
He called the 10-time NCAA champion Wooden a perpetrator of dirty recruiting.
“I have a lot of respect for Wooden as a coach, how he coached,” Knight said, via CBSSports.com. “He was a good coach. But from then on, and I don’t mind saying it, I don’t respect Wooden, because he allowed [businessman and booster] Sam Gilbert to do whatever it took to recruit kids.
“And one time [Wooden] told me, he said, ‘I just didn’t know how to deal with Sam Gilbert.’ And I’m saying to myself, ‘I damn sure could have dealt with him.'”
Knight added: “I’ve never been a Wooden fan.”
UCLA, of course, was reprimanded for its actions during the 1980s, receiving a one-year postseason ban in 1981. The Bruins also had their 1980 NCAA title vacated over Gilbert’s actions.
“Personally, I liked John, as a person, but it isn’t just John, it’s a whole UCLA approach to recruiting,” Knight said. “I think John was called in and told he didn’t have to worry about recruiting, that they had people that would take care of that for him.”
Here’s a clip from the show:
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