By Jeff Goodman
Pat Knight is the first one to admit it.
``It was the best thing that happened to me,” said the former Texas Tech coach. ``I haven’t had this much fun since I was at Akron.”
That was a dozen years ago – when he spent one season as an assistant with the Zips.
Now Knight is the head coach at Lamar – after being fired at Texas Tech following three-plus seasons and a 50-61 overall mark.
``There’s no BS in recruiting now,” Knight said. ``No cheating. I’m a flip-flop, old-school guy and now I don’t have to put on a show.”
Knight is the first one to say he was spoiled, taking over the job at Texas Tech when he father, Bob Knight, retired.
Knight was set to take the year off this season, and likely do some broadcasting work, but then he was contacted when the Lamar job opened up.
He made some calls – and was told the same thing by everyone. It’s one of the best jobs in the Southland and he’d take over a team that has the talent to compete for one of the top spots in the league.
``That’s why I took the job,” he said. ``The pieces were already in place. I just needed to get some help up front.”
Knight has four of the team’s top five scorers back – including guards Mike James (12.5 ppg), Anthony Miles (11.9 ppg) and Devon Lamb (9.5 ppg).
``They were enamored with the 3 last year and they are streaky shooters,” Knight said. ``But those guys are really quick.”
Then he added a pair of junior college frontcourt guys in Nikko Acosta and Stephen Coles.
``They can shoot the 3, post it and also drive it,” Knight said. ``In our motion offense, we don’t need them clogging up the middle.”