Jud Gets In a Jab During Roast of Bobby Knight

Jud Heathcote, the Don Rickles of college basketball, was among those participating in a roast of Bobby Knight on Monday night.

The South Kitsap grad and Hall of Fame coach from Michigan State wasn’t able to attend the roast in Hammond, Ind., because he’s recovering from a broken hip. That didn’t stop him from dishing his former Big Ten coaching  rival.

Heathcote, on video call from his home in Spokane: “I thought he got pretty good distance” on that throw, referring to Knight’s famous incident where he tossed a chair across the basketball court.

Heathcote said most people don’t like Knight when they meet him. “But after they get to know him, they hate him,” Heathcote said.

Everybody ought to listen to Heathcote at least once. Here’s a story from the Kitsap Sports Hall of Fame banquet in 2006. Jud was the MC and he kept everybody laughing.

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