Last Tuesday, less than 24 hours after Gottfried was gone, according to someone who talked directly with Knight, the now ESPN commentator began investigating the Alabama job. Big-time.
He looked at tapes of games. He studied the roster. He looked at who had signed with the Tide for next year and who might still be available.
"He would like the job," said the friend of Knight's. The man, who asked for anonymity, said Knight was serious and had strong interest in the Alabama job. The person said if Mal Moore picked up the phone and called, he would seriously entertain an offer — probably even accept. It's not about the money. He is wealthy (he gave back a year's salary at Texas Tech while he was there and made serious donations to the school library). It's about one last chance to finish his career on a high note, to be productive and useful. And perhaps, for one of the game's most iconic figures, leaving on a grand stage as opposed to the middle of a season.
Interestingly, Knight apparently has sent similar signals to people in Georgia as well, according to a recent report in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. But something tells me he sees the Alabama job as a more promising place. And for good reason.
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I know I'm in the minority here, but I'd be thrilled if he was our next head coach. Fan interest would be at an all-time high and most importantly lots of tickets would be sold for next season. Heck, I'd even entertain buying season tickets even though I live 190 miles away.