March 7, 2011 / 9:00 PM / 9 years ago

Texas Tech fires basketball coach Pat Knight

LUBBOCK, Tex (Reuters) - Texas Tech University fired men’s basketball Coach Pat Knight on Monday after a losing season, the university said on Monday.

Pat Knight, the son of college Hall of Fame coach Bob Knight, took over the Tech basketball program in February, 2008 after his father retired.

Pat Knight will continue to coach the team through the Big 12 Conference Championships, which concludes on March 12.

“I felt like it was time to make a change within our men’s basketball program,” University President Guy Bailey said in a statement. “I appreciate everything Pat has done for our university, not only as a head coach, but also throughout his career as an assistant. I wish him success and the best moving forward.”

Pat Knight joined the program 10 seasons ago as an assistant coach and was a head coach in waiting under his father. He took over the Red Raiders basketball program in February 2008 and closed that season with a 4-7 record.

Pat Knight posted just one winning season, in 2009-2010, during his tenure as head coach. His record this year was 13-18. He ends this season with a career record of 50-60 for Texas Tech.

Editing by Corrie MacLaggan and Greg McCune

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