Posted on: March 7, 2011 11:43 am
Edited on: March 7, 2011 11:44 am

Knight will leave Texas Tech after Big 12 tourney

Posted by Matt Norlander

We have our first major-conference coaching casualty of 2011.

After it was first reported Monday morning by Chris Level of RedRaiderSports.com, Dennis Dodd confirmed through the school that Texas Tech coach Pat Knight has been fired. He will remain with the team until its run in the Big 12 tournament ends this week.

Knight never got it going in Lubbock. He took over midway through the 2007-08 season, when his father, Bob, abruptly left the coaching business. Pat always had a huge shadow to live in, what with the fact his dad is still the all-time leader in career wins in men's college basketball. Still, Lubbock seemed a good place to try and escape that shadow, or at least not be consumed and overwhelmed by it. It's not a hotbed for hoops, and expectations are anything but lofty.

But consistent losing, and many times in uncompetitive fashion, can't follow a coach for more than three season at the BCS-conference level. So Knight's gone, and he'll likely get another shot at a mid-major school some time in the near future.  

The Red Raiders are a 13-18 team that finished 5-11 in the Big 12 this season. Knight has gone the past three seasons with a 46-53 record and no NCAA tournament appearances.

Photo: AP

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Posted on: February 7, 2011 7:12 pm
Edited on: February 8, 2011 1:45 am

Wyoming fires its head coach

Posted by Matt Norlander

We have our first in-season coaching casualty of 2011. Earlier today, according to SPORTSbyBROOKS, Wyoming Cowboys head coach Heath Schroyer notified to his team he was done coaching them.

A few hours after Brooks' report, the AP confirmed his story.

Wyoming athletic director Tom Burman sent out a release late Monday afternoon in which he said, "I regret having to make this decision to terminate Heath’s contract at this time, but I feel it is in the best interest of our program. We are grateful for the time Heath has been our coach."

With an 8-15 record overall and a 1-8 mark in the Mountain West this season, Wyoming wasn't even as good as its ledger might indicate, as two of the eight wins came against opponents who weren't Division-I caliber and the team was 0-9 away from home. One of the team's wins came against Centenary, which is 0-25, the only winless team remaining in D-I. The Cowboys haven't won since Jan. 8, a 67-66 win against New Mexico.

Here's Brooks' lede:
I’ve learned today that Heath Schroyer has been fired as head basketball coach at the University of Wyoming. The coach, who told his players of his ouster this afternoon in a team meeting, will be replaced for the balance of the season by associate head coach Fred Langley . Schroyer had three years on his contract remaining at a Mountain West-low $160,000 per season - all of which will be bought out by the school’s boosters.
Schroyer did have a winning season two years ago (19-14), but his overall record with the club ends at 49-68 since taking over.

As noted in the linked story, Schroyer's primary goal was to turn around a program that had a lot of academic and behavioral problems at the fundamental level. While it seems that was a success, everything else wasn't, so Schroyer's going to be seeking a new gig once the season ends.

Photo: AP

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