December 23, 2006

AND THE TEACHINGEST COACH:

Knight poised to tie Smith as Division I's winningest men's coach (BETSY BLANEY, 12/23/06, Associated Press)

Bob Knight talks to his son every day about coaching.

It isn't always about offense, defense or even recruiting. Sometimes it's about dealing with a particular player or the media.

But one topic they discussed last season surprised Pat Knight, who will take over at Texas Tech whenever his father retires.

"Believe it or not, my use of language," said the younger Knight, noting the irony of the conversation given his father's penchant for spewing expletives. "He just brought it up."

Pat Knight will be beside his father Saturday, his first chance to tie Dean Smith as the all-time winningest Division I men's coach with 879 victories. Texas Tech (9-3) plays at home against Bucknell (5-5).

Since his father arrived at Tech in 2001, Pat Knight has been taking notes, literally. Bob Knight suggested his son keep a notebook and jot down coaching tidbits and inspirational fodder to motivate players.

But the learning began years earlier.

"I think it really started when I played for him at Indiana," said Pat Knight, who played for the Hoosiers from 1991-95. "But it's been even better being a coach."

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 23, 2006 10:57 AM
Comments

He's now tied with Smith.

Posted by: Dave W at December 23, 2006 8:07 PM
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