|Bob Knight resigns midseason; son, Pat, will take over Texas Tech basketball|
|Written by Admin|
|Monday, 04 February 2008 15:56|
``He said he was tired and that it was best to go ahead and do it now,'' Texas Tech chancellor Kent Hance told The Associated Press. ``I think Bob is through with coaching. I think he got to the point where it wasn't fun for him.''
Known as much for his fiery temper as his basketball brilliance, Knight gave no hint a change was coming. He will be replaced by his son, Pat, a Red Raiders assistant.
The 67-year-old Knight informed Texas Tech athletic director Gerald Myers of his decision in a meeting around noon, Hance said. Knight then called Hance and told him.
fe and decided 'This is something I want to do,''' Hance said.
The Red Raiders beat Oklahoma State 67-60 on Saturday, giving Knight his 902nd victory. He won national titles at Indiana in 1976, '81 and '87.
Knight was not available for comment Monday, said Randy Farley, a spokesman for the Texas Tech basketball program.
The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal first reported the resignation.
In September, Knight signed a three-year contract extension that runs through the 2011-12 season. In 2005, Pat Knight was appointed his father's successor.
Knight arrived at Texas Tech in March 2001, six months after being fired by Indiana for what school officials there called a ``pattern of unacceptable behavior.''
Texas Tech's next game is Wednesday night at Baylor.
Knight passed former North Carolina coach Dean Smith as the winningest Division I coach Jan. 1, 2007, getting career win No. 880. To celebrate the milestone Knight chose ``My Way'' by Frank Sinatra, a mantra for how he navigated his personal and professional worlds.
``Bob is kind of a funny guy. He always loved that song `My Way,' and this is another example,'' Hance said.
Back then, Knight explained why ``My Way'' was so fitting.
simply tried to do what I think is best,'' Knight said. ``Regrets? Sure. Just like the song. I have regrets. I wish I could done things better at times. I wish I would have had a better answer, a better way, at times. But just like he said, I did it my way and when I look back on it, I don't think my way was all that bad.''
Knight has been a college coach for 42 years. He broke in at Army in 1965, but made his mark in 29 years at Indiana.
He's a complex package, someone who can hit a policeman, throw a chair across the court or be accused of wrapping his hands around a player's neck, yet never gets in trouble for breaking NCAA rules, always has high a graduation rate and gave his salary back a few years ago because he didn't think he'd earned it.
``Maybe he thought it was the right time for Pat and give him a shot,'' former Temple coach John Chaney said.
Knight got his 100th victory at Army, then moved to Indiana, where his Hoosiers went 662-239 from 1971-2000.
His first NCAA title came in 1976 when Indiana went undefeated, a feat no team has accomplished since. In 1984, he coached the U.S. Olympic team to a gold medal in Los Angeles.
When he began his coaching career at Army, he was 24, the youngest-ever Division I coach. Knight won 20 or more games in 29 seasons.
Associated Press writer Jeff Carlton in Dallas contributed to this report.