Pat Knight gets contract to succeed father at Tech

Updated: October 1, 2005, 9:44 PM ET
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LUBBOCK, Texas -- Bob Knight's son will become Texas Tech's basketball coach when the Hall of Fame coach retires.

The 64-year-old Knight is under contract through May 2009. Pat Knight, a Texas Tech assistant, signed a contract Friday in which he was named coach-designate.

"It's truly an honor to carry on my dad's legacy here at Texas Tech," Pat Knight said in a statement.

Tech athletic director Gerald Myers said Bob Knight hasn't indicated how much longer he will coach.

"He still feels good, enjoys it," Myers said. "I think he'll coach for a while … a few more years, maybe several. This way we can tell recruits who the coach will be. I think it's going to help."

Pat Knight has never been a college head coach, but Myers said he isn't troubled by that because the younger Knight has been around a "successful coach, a successful program."

Pat Knight has the same coaching philosophy as his father, "but he'll also be his own kind of guy," Myers said.

Bob Knight coached for 29 years at Indiana and won three NCAA titles before he was fired in 2000. Texas Tech lost in the regional semifinals of last year's NCAA tournament.

"Pat has done a great job in helping get things turned around here," Bob Knight said in a statement. "I've had a lot of assistants who have gone on to very successful careers and none, I think, was as ready or better prepared than Pat. It really pleases me that he will be able to continue on with what we've started here."

The Knights will be the latest family succession plan in Division I. At Oklahoma State, Sean Sutton will succeed his father, Eddie, whenever the latter steps down, while Washington State just officially announced that Tony Bennett will eventually take over for his father, Dick, in Pullman.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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