Moore on the subject

If the folks at Champ Sports wanted to bring attention to Tennessee basketball, they certainly succeeded. Ever since word leaked out that Champ has contacted controversial Bob Knight -- formerly of Indiana and now at Texas Tech -- the buzz (no pun intended) in Big Orange Country has grown louder with each passing day.

Frankly, I think Knight would be a good choice ... but not the BEST choice.

There are two overwhelming positives:

1. Knight WILL win games. Even with the mediocre talent the Vols have returning for 2005-06, I believe he could post 20 victories next winter.

2. Knight WILL put fannies in the seats at Thompson-Boling Arena. Love him or hate him, he's an icon who will draw crowds, create excitement and attract publicity.

That's the good news. The bad news is that Knight is a quick fix, not a long-term solution.

Hamilton said many times in recent months that he wants to establish some stability in a program that has gone through six coaches in 16 years. If that's the case, why hire a guy who's 63 years old?

If hired, Knight will be here four or five years at most, then retire. He's not a great recruiter, so five years down the road UT's program will be in the same position it is now ... mediocre players and no coach.

That's why I'd rather see Tennessee hire a younger coach who projects to give the university 15 to 20 years of quality sevice -- a Gregg Marshall (Winthrop), a Mike Anderson (Alabama Birmingham), a Bob Lutz (Charlotte) or a Karl Hobbs (George Washington).

All of the above are up-and-coming guys who recruit well. They'll leave the program in better shape than they found it. And, ideally, they wouldn't leave it for 15 to 20 years.

Bob Knight is a great coach who will win more games in the short run than probably anyone UT could hire. But he's a quick fix ... just like all of those transfers outgoing coach Buzz Peterson took in hopes of turning around the program overnight.

We all know how that turned out, don't we?


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