- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 5, 2008

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Bob Knight resigned yesterday at Texas Tech, a stunning midseason move by the winningest men’s coach in major college basketball.

“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 hints a change was coming. He will be replaced by his son, Pat, a Red Raiders assistant.

“There’s a transition that’s going to take place here from me to Pat and I’ve dwelt on this all year long … how it would be best for him and for the team and for what we can do in the long run to make this the best thing for Texas Tech,” Knight told the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, which first reported the resignation.

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.

“He thought about it Sunday all day and talked to his wife 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, 1981 and 1987.

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.”

In his first six years at Texas Tech, he led the Red Raiders to five 20-win seasons, a first at the school. They are 12-8 this season, including Knight’s 900th victory last month against Texas A&M.;

Texas Tech’s next game is tomorrow 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.

What he did and how he did it made Knight a legend. However, the influence and discipline he brought to coaching made him special.

“Outside of my immediate family, no single person has had a greater impact on my life than Coach Knight,” said Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski, who played for Knight at Army. “I have the ultimate respect for him as a coach and a mentor, but even more so as a dear friend. For more than 40 years, the life lessons I have learned from Coach are immeasurable. Simply put, I love him.”

Knight has been a college coach for 42 years, spending 29 of those 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 had 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 to 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 Division I coach ever. Knight won 20 or more games in 29 seasons.

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