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Texas Tech Fires Pat Knight [AUDIO]

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Multiple sources have reported that Pat Knight has been fired as the head coach of Texas Tech’s basketball team.

Knight led the Red Raider basketball team to a 13-18 record this season and a 5-11 mark in the Big 12. This was the third full season for coach Knight at Texas Tech as he took over during the 07-08 season after his father Bob Knight retired during the season.

Pat leaves Texas Tech with a career record of 50-60 during his near three and a half seasons. His best year at Texas Tech was the 09-10 season as Tech went 19-16 and reached the quarterfinals in the NIT.

Knight will coach the team during the Big 12 tournament that begins March 9th in Kansas City. The Red Raiders are the 11 seed in the conference tournament and will battle the 6 seed of Missouri on Wednesday night at 8:30.

Here is the press released that was issued by Texas Tech earlier today.

Texas Tech Will Relieve Pat Knight of Head Coaching Duties at Season’s End

Texas Tech University President Guy Bailey announced Monday that Head Men’s Basketball Coach Pat Knight will be relieved of his duties at the conclusion of the season.

“I felt like it was time to make a change within our men’s basketball program,” Bailey said. “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.”

Knight will continue to coach the team through the Big 12 Conference Championships. A national search for the position will begin immediately.

Also, listen to Texas Tech Assistant Head Coach Chris Beard on the weekly Big 12 Teleconference from earlier this morning. Chris spoke to the media just an hour after hearing of the firing of head coach Pat Knight

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