LUBBOCK, Texas -- "Knight School" will be in session soon.
The first episode of the reality show in which Texas Tech coach
Bob Knight gives one Tech student the chance to play on his team
will air Feb. 19 on ESPN.
"This was just like we had it when I coached the Pan American
team or the Olympics," Knight said. "We had to cut from 70 to 12
for those teams, and here, we worked from 32 down to one. We had
140 applicants and we tested them in various ways."
Camera crews spent months in Lubbock shooting footage for six
"The taping went remarkably well," said Rob Lundgren, chief
operating officer of RIVR Media and one of the executive producers
of the show. "We've been gone the last three months and the post
process has been a major undertaking because we've got such good
"We put these kids through a lot," Lundgren said. "We wanted
to test their overall conditioning, but we also wanted to test
their mental toughness, how they handle themselves in the
community, how they handle themselves with teammates."
Knight, who said he enjoyed working with the students, said that
he had a hard time not only choosing the winner, but narrowing down
"They worked hard, they hustled and they were enthused about
getting the opportunity to make it," he said.