Pat Knight to Take Over as Head Coach; How Do Fans Feel - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

10/3/05

Pat Knight to Take Over as Head Coach; How Do Fans Feel

The deal is now sealed, but what do Red Raider basketball fans think of Assistant Head Coach, Pat Knight taking over the program once his dad retires. NewsChannel 11 went to the fans to find out.

Red Raider Basketball Coach, Bob Knight has a contract through 2009, but already the university has named a successor, and they didn't go far down the bench to find him.

10/3/05
Pat Knight Talks About Head Coaching Position
It's official. Pat Knight will be the head coach of the Red Raiders once his father, Bob Knight, retires.

NewsChannel 11 showed basketball fan, Pablo Guerrero a picture of the current Assistant Head Coach and now Head Coach Designate, Pat Knight. Guerrero said he didn't know who it was.

Although, Pat Knight's face may not be as famous as his father's, but Guerrero is still happy with the decision.

"I think it's pretty good," said Guerrero. "I think he's going to lead the program the same way his dad did and his dad's a real successful coach."

Red Raider Basketball fan, Joe Roberts, knows full well who Pat Knight is. "I went to every game last year so I know who he is," said Roberts.

Robers is an avid red raider fan, he said Pat seems like a good pick. "It's probably a good idea because he probably knows everything Bobby does anyway," says Roberts.

Pat Knight's coaching style is similar to his father's, and that's one reason for the pick. However, fan Quenten Lazard is skeptical. "I just don't like the whole legacy thing of it. If he's fit for the job okay, don't just say I'm giving the team over to my son when I retire, he soul have to fight for it like everybody else," said Lazard.

Over the years, Pat Knight has built his own resume. According to his bio on TTU's web site, his first head coaching position was for the Wisconsin Blast, of the International Basketball Association. He was assistant coach for the University of Akron in Ohio. He worked with the Phoenix Suns as an Administrative Assistant and a scout. He was Assistant Coach to the Connecticut Pride, a CBA team.

However, Red Raider fans hope he'll one day add a NCAA championship to the list. Anthony Anders said, "I think if he's good enough and he's up to the challenge, then by all means."

Coach Pat Knight himself is excited about the arrangement. He said he wanted to stay in the Big 12.

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