During the time they only had two assistants, one solution would have been to temporarily designate Knight as an assistant. Then he could have gone out on the road in a normal recruiting role once he passed his NCAA certification test. That normally doesn’t take much time.
This did cross my mind, but I assumed that it was more difficult than that with all the NCAA protocol around recruiting regulations. All we know is that Knight was hired as DBO, but we don’t know for sure that he isn’t recruiting until another assistant is hired. With the lack of competent media coverage, we hardly know anything around here.