Dallas Colleges: Bob Knight

Bob Knight's take on Brittney Griner

March, 28, 2012

ESPN's Bob Knight analyzes what makes Baylor's Brittney Griner the best women's college basketball player in the nation.

Also, watch Griner talk about working on cars here and play talk-show host and on the team's plane here.

Why Bob Knight won't watch son's team

March, 14, 2012

Bob Knight explains why he won't watch son Pat Knight's team, Lamar, play tonight against Vermont in an NCAA tournament first-round game.

Pat Knight couldn't make own mark

March, 7, 2011

On Dec. 8, 2009, The Texas Tech men's basketball team came to TCU's Daniel-Meyer Coliseum undefeated and after an 80-70 victory the Red Raiders moved up to 16th in the nation. Pat Knight was in his second full season and hopes were high that the ranking wasn't fool's good and that Knight, the son of legend Bob Knight, was forging his own identity in his first foray as a collegiate head coach.

Years of working under his father had produced interviews, but no college head coaching jobs until Bob stepped down unexpectedly in February 2008. Pat was tapped as the coach-in-waiting a few years earlier.

After that game at TCU, Pat, unlike in his father in that he never met a media member he didn't like to engage in a friendly manner, said he felt as though he was just coming into his own. He said it took some time, but he was figuring out the type of head coach he wanted to be instead of the type of coach he thought he should be.

"Last year was tough," Knight said then of his first full season as head coach that ended with a 14-19 record. "You take over a team and, you know, I've got to follow my dad's footsteps and you sit here, 'How do I act? Should I try to be more subdued when I'm more like him than anybody knows?' And then finally, towards the middle of the year, I was like, 'The hell with it, I've got to be me, that's getting after people.' So, there was just too much stuff I worried about that I shouldn't have [worried about]."

Fifteen months later Texas Tech, with incoming athletic director Kirby Hocutt taking over for longtime AD, former Tech basketball coach and Bob Knight friend Gerald Myers, has decided it has seen enough. A 10-year run of Knight-coached Red Raiders teams will come to an end when Tech concludes this week's Big 12 Tournament in Kansas City.

Perhaps Knight just never found the formula and balance he craved as a head coach. That 2009-10 season that started so promisingly at 9-0 ended in disappointment at 19-16, Knight's lone season above .500.

Tech fans rarely came out in droves to watch the Raiders under Bob, and he often voiced his displeasure. And big crowds certainly haven't greeted Pat's teams that will finish a third season without advancing to the NCAA Tournament. This season, early losses to North Texas and TCU, among others, got the grumbling started and put Knight behind the 8-ball.

Tech started the Big 12 season with four consecutive losses and followed it up with three straight wins to put the season at a tipping point. Unfortunately for Knight, who couldn't get what he needed out of his senior class, the team dropped four in a row and six of seven to effectively end the season and Knight's tenure.

Perhaps Knight will find success somewhere else, totally free of his father's shadow.

As for Tech's next move, get set to hear plenty of one name in particular: Billy Clyde Gillispie.

Knight Watch: Texas Longhorns' offense

February, 8, 2011

ESPN college basketball analyst Bob Knight breaks down the offense for the No. 3 Texas Longhorns.

Bob Knight on Steinbrenner's passing

July, 13, 2010

Former Texas Tech basketball coach Bob Knight talks about the passing of his friend George Steinbrenner.

Roast is on for Baylor coach Scott Drew

June, 17, 2010
Baylor basketball coach Scott Drew will be the guest of honor on June 29 at 1660 ESPN Radio's sixth annual Celebrity Roast at the Texas Sports Hall of Fame's "Great Hall."

Drew led the Bears to a school-record 28 wins this season and a first-ever appearance in the Elite Eight.

Let's just assume that among those who won't be there to roast Drew is Bob Knight, Rick Barnes and Bill Self.

Those who will roast the coach include former Houston Rockets coach and general manager Carroll Dawson (former Baylor player, assistant coach and head coach), Big 12 associate commissioner for men's basketball John Underwood, former Baylor basketball coach and current FOX Sports Southwest analyst Jim Haller and Baylor football coaching legend Grant Teaff.

For ticket information, click here.

Bob Knight on Galloway & Company

May, 27, 2010
ESPN college basketball analyst Bobby Knight joins GAC to chat about the NCAA scene, opening of the Bob Knight Fieldhouse in Duncanville and fishing.

Listen Click here for the podcast.

Tech dealing with skid, low turnout

January, 19, 2010
Even when Bob Knight was wearing his red sweater and scowling from the Texas Tech bench, the men's basketball team, unlike the storied women's program, has always been a tough sell in Lubbock.

After a December 2003 non-conference game against San Diego State in which 6,136 attended, Knight, accustomed to routine sellouts at hoops-crazed Indiana, blasted Tech fans for not supporting the home team:

"If that's all that's going to attend basketball here, then I think Tech ought to give up basketball. This team works like hell. It's 8-2. We don't bring [expletive] teams in here to play. We bring teams in here that are going to be competitive. I really think that if we can't have a better attendance from a community this size and a university with 30,000 students, I think we're spending too much money on basketball and we ought to give it up."

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Ray Carlin/Icon SMIPat Knight was brutally honest at Big 12 media day: "To me, this is either a 'get an extension or get fired' kind of year. This is a big year for me."
Fast forward to January 2010 and son Pat Knight, now in his second full season succeeding his dad, is dealing with mediocre attendance. Complicating matters his team's recent three-game slide to start Big 12 play. Tech produced excitement early with an overtime home win over a ranked Washington team. It helped get Tech ranked in the Top 25 for the first time since 2005.

But, Tech (12-5, 0-3) is just 5-5 in its last 10 games. It suffered blowout losses at Oklahoma State and Kansas, plus a heart-pounding overtime home loss against Missouri, a game that drew a disappointing crowd of 9,788 inside the 15,098-seat United Spirit Arena.

On Monday's weekly Big 12 coach's conference call, Pat Knight was asked by a reporter from Tech's student newspaper to give a reason for Tech fans, considering the team's 0-3 league start, to show up at Wednesday's home game against Iowa State. The question obviously triggered mounting frustration.

"If you’ve got real fans they don’t pay attention to the record. If you’re a real basketball fan and really support our team you come when we’re 0-16. That’s up to them," Knight said. "We need them for a homecourt advantage, but I’m getting worn out trying to fight this fan stuff. I don’t know why I’m getting questions about that. I think these kids are proven; they’ve played some really good basketball early on. All teams are going to go in slumps, especially playing in this league. If you don’t want to come, I’m not going to worry about it. I've got to try to win some games. I wish people would quit bringing up the fan thing."

Tech has surpassed 10,000 fans this season just once in 11 home games. Against Stanford, 13,617 saw the Red Raiders defeat the Cardinal, 100-87 to go 3-0 against the Pac-10. Otherwise, attendance has consistently dragged between 7,761 and 9,788.

"You show up to support your team. If you don’t want to show up that’s fine, we’re still going to try to win games with you or without you," Knight said. "But, it's pretty obvious, if you went to the game up in Lawrence (16,300 attended Texas Tech at Kansas), how much fans help you. We need our fans to show up no matter what our record is just because we have Texas Tech on our uniform. It doesn’t matter what your record is. It’s got to get to a point where people start showing up just because these kids play for Texas Tech."

Knight's contention that fans should show up simply to support the name on the front of the jersey is ideal, but outdated, and particularly so at a so-called football school like Tech. Fans can be fickle and they tend to support their teams during the good times and bail during the bad, especially as ticket prices continue to rise nationally. Tech has seven home games remaining and while ticket prices are not the highest in the conference, the depressed economy is clearly adding another layer to the attendance issue.

For Wednesday's game against Iowa State, plus later games against Kansas State and Baylor, tickets sold on the Texas Tech website begin at $12 for upper level seats. For games against Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M and Texas, the lowest-priced ticket available is $18.

Tech's average home attendance, 9,101, ranks eighth in the Big 12. But, Tech isn't alone in disappointing attendance. Baylor is off to a hot start and recently cracked the Top 25. Yet, the Bears have drawn, on average, 6,172 inside the 10,284-seat Ferrell Center. A rejuvenated Missouri program is drawing 6,950 below capacity. Texas A&M is under 4,000 capacity and is drawing nearly 2,000 fewer fans per home game than Tech. Even No. 1 Texas is averaging about 3,000 below capacity.

Only Kansas, ranked No. 1 for much of the season and easily the conference's most storied program, is filling every seat.

Texas Tech will try to get back on the winning side of things Wednesday night. Knight, whose team's 12 wins are three more than all of last season, has pleaded for patience from fans as well as for their support as the Red Raiders navigate through a highly competitive Big 12 schedule.

"If you’re not Kansas or Texas, you’re going to go through some bad weeks and that’s what it was, it was a bad week for us. We lost three in a row," Knight said. "We should have won the one here at home if we hit some free throws against Missouri, but that’s just how it is. One year we lost five in a row and still made it to the NCAA Tournament when we had Jarrius Jackson. In this league, if you're not one of the top one or two top teams and you’re sitting there fighting in the pack you can have weeks like this."

Tech puts undefeated mark on line at TCU

December, 8, 2009
Texas Tech plays at TCU tonight at 6:30 p.m. and brings with it a No. 23 ranking. The Red Raiders moved into the Associated Press Top 25 this week for the first time, believe it or not, in four years. What was that former head coach's name?

Oh yes, Robert Montgomery Knight, who clearly wasn't getting what he wanted out of his troops.

Patrick Knight is.

The son of Bob is in his second full season at the helm (Tech went 14-19 last season) and has the Red Raiders at 8-0, one of 11 undefeated teams in the Top 25. They're coming off an impressive overtime win last Thursday (Bob was in attendance) against then-No. 12 Washington.

While TCU (5-3) continues its rebuilding process under second-year coach Jim Christian, this will be a challenge for the Red Raiders, who have played just one other road game this season, a 63-61 win at Stephen F. Austin on Nov. 24.

One player to keep a close eye on is Tech's 5-foot-11 guard John Roberson, who was named the Big 12's Player of the Week.