It’s not leaving your TV set any time soon. In fact, it has tasted the TV life and wants more.
ESPN said today that Bob Knight will not only return as a college basketball analyst, but he’ll expand his duties than just sitting in a studio and taking digs from Digger Phelps.
This season, Knight will also do a Thursday night game telecast, appear on “SportsCenter,” provide postseason studio analysis and be on ESPN radio. Oh, and he’ll also be an analyst for select nonconference game telecasts other than Thursday and make Saturday appearances on College GameDay.
He will work with Brent Musburger on Thursday nights, beginning Jan. 15, and on other nights with Dan Shulman.
Last season, ESPN added Knight as a studio analyst for the postseason, shortly after he resigned as the Texas Tech coach on Feb. 4.
Knight’s first ESPN appearances will be on College GameDay from Chapel Hill, N.C., on Tuesday, Nov. 18 when Kentucky visits No. 1 North Carolina. His first game telecasts will feature a 2K Sports Classic Benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer semifinal and third place matchup from New York City on November 20 and 21 at 4 p.m. and 2 p.m., respectively, on ESPN2.
For that matter, here’s the regular studio lineup ESPN will have this season:
Big Monday: Digger Phelps and Stacey Dales
Super Tuesday: Hubert Davis and Jay Williams
Wednesday Night Hoops: Steve Lavin and Jimmy Dykes
Thursday Night Showcase: Fran Fraschilla and Stephen Bardo
Friday: Doug Gottlieb and Tom Brennan
Saturday College GameDay: Jay Bilas, Digger Phelps, Hubert Davis and reporter Andy Katz
Saturday afternoons:Tom Brennan, Doug Gottlieb, Adrian Branch and Jay Williams
Saturday Midnight Madness:Tom Brennan and Doug Gottlieb
Sunday Tom Brennan and Doug Gottlieb