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.
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