Billy Gillispie Hired To Replace Pat Knight At Texas Tech

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Billy Gillispie Hired As Texas Tech Basketball Coach, Replacing Pat Knight

Billy Gillispie, AKA “Billy Clyde” AKABCG,” has been hired as Texas Tech Red Raiders basketball coach, taking over for the recently fired Pat Knight. Gillispie rumors have been circulating for almost a week now, with the school confirming the move Sunday:

“I am very excited to welcome Billy Clyde Gillispie to Texas Tech,” said director of athletics Kirby Hocutt. “Over the past two weeks I have had the opportunity to spend significant time with Billy and I am absolutely confident that he will lead our basketball program back to the national spotlight while positively representing our university.”

Gillispie has experience coaching in Texas, having led UTEP and Texas A&M to success before taking over at Kentucky.

Shortly after being fired by UK, Gillispie sued the school for breach of contract. Kentucky countered that, despite being in Lexington for two seasons, Gillispie had never actually signed a contract. The suit was settled. Do coaching changes ever happen at Texas Tech without lawsuits being involved in one way or another?

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Billy Gillispie To Replace Pat Knight As Texas Tech Basketball Coach, According To Report

If a report from ESPN's Andy Katz is to be believed, Texas Tech University is on the verge of hiring Billy Gillispie as their new basketball coach, a little more than a week after the school parted ways with Pat Knight. Pat, the son of legendary Indiana and former Texas Tech coach Bob Knight, coached the team for three full seasons, plus 10 games in the 2007-08 season after his father's retirement. 

From Katz, on Wednesday:

Unless something happens this week to jeopardize a deal, Texas Tech and Billy Gillispie should reach an agreement soon. Gillispie would be the right fit for the Red Raiders and should be able to energize an apathetic fan base by putting out a hard-nosed product.

Gillispie worked wonders at UTEP and Texas A&M before making a big move to Lexington to coach the Kentucky Wildcats, but that job didn't quite work out as planned, and Gillispie parted ways with the university after two seasons. By all accounts, despite his failings at Kentucky, he would be a fantastic hire for the Red Raiders.

For more on Pat Knight's firing, Billy Gillispie's potential hiring, and all things Texas Tech, head to SB Nation's Double T Nation.    

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Pat Knight Fired As Texas Tech Basketball Coach, School Confirms

Pat Knight's firing as Texas Tech's basketball coach is now official, thanks to confirmation from a school spokesman to the Associated Press.

Knight will coach the Red Raiders through the Big 12 Tournament, and presumably through any subsequent postseason play this year, should they pull off a miraculous run through a conference tournament with titans Kansas and Texas.

Knight's approach to coaching was never his problem: he was the temperamental antithesis of his father, preferring humility to gruffness, according to CBS Sports' Dennis Dodd. But the younger Knight could not get Texas Tech clicking after taking over from his father in February 2008, compiling a 50-60 career record in Lubbock.

Dodd also floats Billy Gillespie, former Kentucky and Texas A&M coach, as a possible successor at Texas Tech. Gillespie's name gets floated for many of these openings, though, and it's dubious whether an administration still dealing with the fallout of the Mike Leach era would take a chance on Gillespie and his checkered past.

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Pat Knight Fired As Texas Tech Basketball Coach, According To Report

Pat Knight has been fired as head coach of the Texas Tech basketball team, according to Red Raider Sports' Chris Level. Knight -- son of legendary basketball coach Bob Knight -- led the Red Raiders to a 13-18 overall record this season, with five regular season Big 12 wins. Texas Tech finished the 2011 season tied for 10th in the conference.

According to Level, Knight will coach Texas Tech in the Big 12 conference tournament, which begins on Wednesday.

This season was Knight's third full season as Texas Tech head coach -- he coached 10 games in the 2007-08 season after his father retired in Feburary. Pat Knight struggled in the Big 12 throughout his three full seasons, winning just 12 games in conference. His only winning season came last year, in which the Red Raiders went 19-16 and made it to the NIT quarterfinals. His overall record at Texas Tech is 50-60.

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