Posted on: April 5, 2011 10:05 am
Former Texas Tech coach Pat Knight interviewed at Lamar on Monday and will be named the Cardinals' next head coach, a source confirmed to CBSSports.com on Tuesday.
An offical announcement is expected in the next 24 hours.
Knight coached Texas Tech for parts of four seasons after taking over for his father, Bob Knight, in February 2008. The 40 year old was fired last month after leading the Red Raiders to a ninth-or-worse finish in the Big 12 for the third straight year. He's replacing Steve Roccaforte at Lamar.
Posted on: March 20, 2011 12:54 pm
Texas Tech officials have finalized an agreement that will make Billy Gillispie the school's next men's basketball coach, as CBSSports.com reported would be the case last Thursday.
A formal announcement is expected later Sunday.
The introductory press conference will be Wednesday, according to the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal.
Gillispie is a somewhat controversial hire because of a history of drinking-and-driving arrests but an obvious home run in terms of basketball. He's a Texas native who took UTEP to the NCAA tournament in 2004, then took Texas A&M to the 2006 and 2007 NCAA tournaments. Kentucky hired Gillispie to replace Tubby Smith after the 2007 season, but Gillispie was never a good fit in the high-profile job. He lasted only two years and was replaced by John Calipari.
Texas Tech fired Pat Knight on March 7.
He coached parts of four seasons and never made the NCAA tournament.
Posted on: March 17, 2011 11:40 am
Edited on: March 17, 2011 11:48 am
Billy Gillispie will be named Texas Tech's next basketball coach barring an unexpected change of plans over the coming days, a source told CBSSports.com on Thursday. But the source added that nothing is finalized and almost certainly won't be before Monday because Kirby Hocutt doesn't officially take over as the school's athletic director until next week, and Texas Tech won't formally move on Gillispie in advance of that.
"They're in a holding pattern," the source said. "But it's headed that direction."
Gillispie would be a somewhat controversial hire because of a history of drinking-and-driving arrests but an obvious home run in terms of basketball. He's a Texas native who took UTEP to the NCAA tournament in 2004, then took Texas A&M to the 2006 and 2007 NCAA tournaments. Kentucky hired Gillispie to replace Tubby Smith after the 2007 season, but Gillispie was never a good fit in the high-profile job. He lasted only two years and was replaced by John Calipari.
Texas Tech fired Pat Knight on March 7.
He coached parts of four seasons and never made the NCAA tournament.
Gillispie is the only known candidate who has already interviewed with Texas Tech officials.
Posted on: March 9, 2011 9:42 pm
Edited on: March 10, 2011 12:39 am
Baylor was bad.
The St. John's-Rutgers officials were worse.
Here's Wednesday's Wrap-up to recap the day in college basketball.
Teams that punched tickets: Long Island and Northern Colorado each earned automatic bids to the NCAA tournament on Wednesday. That means 13 of the 68 spots in the field are now claimed.
Best game: The contest was terrific but the officiating at the end of St. John's' 65-63 win over Rutgers in the second round of the Big East tournament was embarrassing and inexcusable, and that's putting it nicely. Jim Burr, Tim Higgins and Earl Walton somehow missed St. John's senior Justin Brownlee travel and then step out of bounds with 1.7 seconds left. By doing so, they committed what Big East commissioner John Marinatto later acknowledged were "two separate officiating errors" that cost Rutgers a chance to tie or win at the buzzer. Those "two separate officiating errors" should also cost Burr, Higgins and Walton future assignments.
Other best game: Long Island's 85-82 win over Robert Morris in the title game of the Northeast tournament represented everything that makes small-conference basketball great. It was a bunch of players most folks have never heard of competing in front of a rowdy crowd in a rare national television appearance with an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament on the line, and it ended with a court-storming. Jamal Olasewere's career-high 31 points turned him into a name worth remembering heading into next week. That's when the Blackbirds will play in the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1997.
Team whose dream remained alive: Colorado was down six with less than three minutes to play in a potential bubble-bursting game. Then Alec Burks made a jumper, sparked a comeback and led the Buffaloes to a 77-75 win over Iowa State in the first round of the Big 12 tournament. Burks got 25 of his 29 points in the final 17 minutes. It was a performance that kept Colorado's quest to make the NCAA tournament intact, though the Buffaloes probably need a win over Kansas State in Thursday's quarterfinals to feel reasonably good about their at-large chances.
Team whose dream was crushed: Nebraska entered Wednesday on the bubble thanks to a resume that included wins over Texas, Texas A&M and Missouri, and just three losses outside of the top 100 of the RPI. But the Huskers still needed to do work, everybody agreed. And now the Huskers are off the bubble, everybody agrees, thanks to a 53-52 loss to Oklahoma State in the first round of the Big 12 tournament.
Performance I hope you witnessed: I voted Notre Dame's Ben Hansbrough the Big East's Player of the Year. So I can't join those who think Connecticut's Kemba Walker was slighted for that award because I'll never give Player of the Year honors to somebody whose team finishes in the bottom half of a league. That said, it's baffling that Walker wasn't a unanimous all-league selection, and he showed why in the Huskies' 79-62 win over the Chris Wright-less Georgetown Hoyas in the second round of the Big East tournament. Walker was 10-of-18 from the field. He finished with 28 points. "I think he's the best player in the country," said UConn coach Jim Calhoun. "That should be more important."
Performance I hope you missed: UCF's 75-60 loss to East Carolina means the Knights, in a span of three months, transformed from a nationally ranked team with non-league wins over Florida and Miami into a nationally unranked team that was bounced in the first round of its league tournament. Marcus Jordan was 1-of-9 from the field with four turnovers against the Pirates. It was a fitting ending to a strange season.
Three other things worth noting
1. Baylor's bad day that started with the announcement that star freshman Perry Jones has been suspended because of a violation of NCAA rules ended with an 84-67 loss to Oklahoma in the first round of the Big 12 tournament. So the Bears' season began with their best guard (LaceDarius Dunn) suspended and it will end with their best big (Jones) suspended. It'll also end in the NIT, most likely.
2. Marquette's 67-61 win over West Virginia in the second round of the Big East tournament ensured the Golden Eagles won't have to spend Selection Sunday worrying whether they're in or out. They're in. Safely. Regardless of what happens Thursday against Louisville.
3. Manhattan fired Barry "Slice" Rohrssen on Wednesday while Northern Illinois fired Ricardo Patton. There will be more firings Thursday, I'm certain. It's that time of the year, you know?
Final thought: Texas Tech announced early this week that Pat Knight won't return next season.
Lots of possible replacments have been mentioned.
I'd hire Billy Gillispie.
Yes, I know Gillispie has had issues, and those must be addressed. But don't let two weird years at Kentucky make you forget that he was considered among the nation's best and hottest coaches just four years ago, and that he earned that reputation by winning at two Texas schools (UTEP and Texas A&M). At Kentucky, Gillispie was out of his element, and he didn't handle it well. A subsequent drinking-and-driving arrest further damaged his reputation, but it should be noted that he's stayed free of negative headlines for the past 18 months. That's not everything. But it's something.
Bottom line, Gillispie's pros outweigh his cons at a place like Texas Tech.
I bet he would win there if given the chance.
Posted on: March 12, 2009 10:47 am
Mike Singletary scored 29 consecutive points for Texas Tech late Wednesday night.
Turns out, that almost never happens.
From Rob Carolla in the Big 12 office ...
-- CONSECUTIVE POINTS WITH NO TEAMMATES SCORING --
Posted on: February 3, 2009 3:22 pm
Here's Tuesday's Dear Gary ...
Dear Gary: Bob knight was never a good recruiter and he won at Texas Tech and Indiana. But there is only a few that can match his coaching. You usually are right on, but you are off on this one.
I've received some version of this email a dozen times today, all from people who are missing the point.
So let me try again.
Yes, Bob Knight is a great "coach" in terms of actual coaching. I put that right in the column multiple times. But the reality of high-major college basketball in the year 2009 is that simply being a great coach isn't good enough. Great coaches win league titles and average coaches win league titles. Happens every season. But the one thing all conference champions have in common are great players relative to their league affiliation, meaning it's much more important in this era to hire a great recruiter at the high-major level, then worry about whether he can coach later.
To be clear, what Bob Knight did at Indiana was phenomenal.
I've written that many times.
But that happened in another era.
And though I keep hearing about how he "won" at Texas Tech, I'm having a hard time identifying what he won, exactly, because here's what I see when I look at Bob Knight's tenure at Texas Tech ...
2001–2002: 10–6 in the Big 12 (finished tied for third)
What the record shows is that Knight was barely better than .500 in the league, never finished better than third and on average finished a little worse than fifth in six-plus seasons. Why? Because he never recruited in a way that could make Texas Tech a player in the Big 12, and that's my point, that there's no reason to think he'd be able to consistently compete with Billy Donovan, Bruce Pearl and Billy Gillispie because there's no reason to think his roster would ever be comparable to the rosters of Florida, Tennessee and Kentucky.
But Knight can do more with less than anybody, Gary?
That's what some of you are thinking, I know.
And guess what? I agree with you.
But at Georgia the goal should not be to try to do more with less; it should be to do more with more, and that's why hiring a 68-year-old with no passion for recruiting would be a mistake, because it would ensure average rosters, and average rosters don't win SEC titles. Or Big 12 titles, as we've learned already.