Texas Tech Basketball:
For my thoughts as to why Knight may have left in the middle of the season, see my post from last night. As I said in the comments section, I need to hear Knight to say it in his own words before speculating more, or perhaps more importantly, I need to see if his face says that he's tired. I need to hear him talk about his resignation to really figure out how I feel.
Lots of different articles to get to and so little time. I'll try and run them down, and in no particular order:
LAJ's Jeff Walker talks exclusively with Bob Knight, has a timeline of Knight's life, takes a look at Pat Knight as there is a game on Wednesday against Baylor, talks about Knight saying goodbye with an interesting quote from Knight where he doesn't close the door to coaching again:
"In the last line of John Updike's story on Ted Williams, The Kid Bids Adieu,' it said: In the end, he knew how to do the hardest thing of all - quit.
"I hope I have done that in this regard and I think I have. Whatever transpires for me beyond this could be anything, I don't know."
- AP's Jeff Carlton talks with Coach Knight's coaching peers, including former Temple coach John Chaney, Louisville coach Rick Pitino and New Mexico coach Steve Alford.
The Chron's Joe Duarte grabs a quote from Texas coach and longtime Knight supporter, Rick Barnes on Coach Knight's resignation and on Pat Knight:
"The best that has ever been has just walked off into the sunset. As people reflect on his career, they will begin to recognize what Bob Knight has been able to accomplish. He has affected countless numbers of people with his teachings and ideas, people he could never realize that he has touched. And that will continue in time as we pass down those teachings to future generations. There is so much I admire about Coach Knight. What I admire most is his willingness to share what he had learned with anyone along the way, his reverence for the game, and his respect for those who came before him. There is no question he has left the game of basketball far better than he found it."
- FWST's Wendell Barnhouse weighs in on Knight's resignation with lots of quotes from friend and former UTEP coach, Don Haskins.
DMN's Brandon George talks with Texas Tech AD, Gerald Myers:
"I could have seen him stepping down at the end of the year. I kind of expected that," Myers told The Dallas Morning News. "I was surprised that he decided to step down today, but I can understand why. He's been doing this for over 40 years ... and he was worn out and tired and felt like it was time for a change. I agreed with him.
"He had been thinking about it. He had been thinking about it ever since the A&M game. After thinking about it over the weekend and talking with his wife, Karen, and some of his friends, he thought this was a good time to do it."
- SAEN's Mike Finger talks about Knight's defiance and Al Carter and Tim Griffin weigh in on Knight's resignation.
- AOL's Charles Rich thinks that part of the reason for Knight's midseason resignation is that it's now harder to change directions if Texas Tech decided that Pat wasn't the right guy. To this I say, "Bullocks!". Pat Knight was going to be the head coach at Texas Tech whether it be today, tomorrow or next year. It didn't matter when the resignation occurred.
- ESPN's Pat Forde doesn't think too kindly of Coach Knight or his timing.
- Corn Nation appreciates all of Knight's manly ways.
New York Times college blog, The Quad runs down reactions from coaches and former players. Legendary Coach John Wooden:
"Anyone that knows anything about basketball knows that he's one of the best teachers of the game in all aspects. The only thing about his teaching was his methods, his language and being physical. But he was a great teacher of the game. There's never been a better teacher of the game than Bobby Knight."
Wooden added: "He sort of had a way, like General Patton had a certain way to him," Wooden said in reference to General George S. Patton. "I didn't approve of it, but I wanted him on my side. From all I've heard, Vince Lombardi had a certain way, and he was a great teacher of the game."