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Pat Knight fired at Texas Tech

Pat Knight has been fired as Texas Tech’s basketball coach, the school confirmed on Monday. He’ll coach the Red Raiders during the Big 12 Tournament.

“Pat met with president (Guy) Bailey at nine this morning, and Pat told us about a half hour later,” associate head coach Chris Beard said on the weekly coaches teleconference. “In coaching, there are no surprises. Anything can happen.”

Tech, the 11th-seeded team in the Big 12 tournament, meets six-seeded Missouri on Wednesday at 8:30 p.m.

Knight took over for his father, coaching legend Bob Knight, about two-thirds through the 2006-2007 season.

“Nobody else in the country will be playing with this kind of situation, to my knowledge,” Beard said.

Knight is 50-60 in three-plus years, including 16-42 in Big 12 games. This year’s team is 13-18 overall.

Tech’s best season under Pat Knight came last year when the Red Raiders finished 19-16 and won two games in the NIT.

Beard said Knight was informed of the decision while players were in class, and there won’t be an opportunity to meet as a team until this afternoon.

Missouri coach Mike Anderson said the Big 12 is losing a good one.

“Obviously, he followed a legend, and that’s kind of hard to do,” Anderson said. “Pat was himself. I applaud Pat about that. He was true to who he was. He’ll be coaching somewhere.”

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