Lubbock Mayor Says 'Hope Knight Stays' - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

2/3/04

Lubbock Mayor Says 'Hope Knight Stays'

Despite mixed opinions of Coach Bob Knight, supporters point to the numbers he brings with him. Numbers that translate into dollars for Lubbock.

Lubbock Mayor Marc McDougal says Knight draws people to the Hub City, either for basketball games or a chance to meet the man himself. This is how the Mayor looks at it, if people are coming to Lubbock to see Bob Knight, they're spending money in Lubbock. Also, just Knight's status as a notorious coach has brought in money.

In 2001 during his first year at Texas Tech, he raised $100,000 for the library. In less than three years as Tech men's head basketball coach, he's earned almost $8 million in additional revenue for Tech. He's also maintained with his players that good grades come before the sport. The Mayor says those are just some of the positive things he's done for Lubbock.

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"The publicity he's brought to the University and the city, to the basketball program, and this region has been unbelievable. You can't go out and buy that type of advertising," said Mayor Marc McDougal.

Knight has tripled Tech men's basketball ticket sales to nearly $2 million a year since 2001. So with the defiant behavior, there is good. Mayor McDougal says he hopes when the smoke settles, Knight stays in Lubbock.

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