Pat Knight's seemingly subdued personality is a direct contrast to the volatile temperament of his father.
Bob Knight did things his way for more than four decades as a head men's basketball coach. Now Pat Knight, after a lifetime of preparation, gets the chance to do things the way he wants as his father's successor at Texas Tech. But he'll also get to show if he's really that much different.
The younger Knight takes the first step out from under the shadow of his father when the Red Raiders play tonight at Baylor. That's two days after Bob Knight's sudden resignation after a 42-year career in which he won 902 victories and three NCAA titles.
Bob Knight is not expected to be in Waco for his son's college coaching debut. The elder Knight instead planned to watch the game on television from his Lubbock home.
Still, Pat Knight certainly won't mind when his father, who he played for at Indiana and the winningest coach in men's Division I history, decides to attend games or offer advice.
Pat Knight's only previous seasons as a head coach were one each in the United States Basketball League and the International Basketball Association before joining his father's staff at Indiana in 1998.