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Report: Pat Knight to be named Marian MBB coach

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

According to a report by On3, Pat Knight will be getting back into coaching. The son of legendary coach Bob Knight will be the new head coach at NAIA school Marian University.

The report said that he would officially get the job later this week.

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Knight will be taking over a program that went 23-8 this past season. The team lost in the NAIA First and Second Round to Florida College Falcons by a score of 84-71.

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The former head coach returns to the college ranks as he replaces Scott Heady. He departed the school to become the head coach at Division II University of Indianapolis.

Marian Director of Athletics Steve Downing is a former Indiana Hoosier. Downing was a three-year letterman with the Hoosiers.

Downing played under Knight, who passed away on November 1st, 2023. Under Knight, Downing was the Big Ten Men’s Basketball MVP during the 1972-73 season.

Marian University played one Division 1 school this past season. And it just happened to be the Hoosiers in an exhibition game in Bloomington, Indiana, where they lost 94-61.

Knight has worked with the Indiana Pacers as a Scout for the past decade. Before being hired by the Pacers, he was the men’s basketball head coach at Lamar University.

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He was the Cardinals head coach for three seasons. He ended up with a 29-62 record.

After a successful 23-12 record during his first season in 2011-12 and an NCAA Division I Final Four appearance, the Cardinals won six games over the next two seasons. However, the team lost 50 games during that stretch.

Before being hired by Lamar, he replaced his father as the head coach of the Texas Tech Red Raiders head coach. He went 4-7 midway through the 2007-08 season.

Then, he was 46-54 in the next three seasons. During the 2009-10 season, Knight guided the Red Raiders to the NIT Quarterfinals.

He was 50-61 with the Red Raiders. Overall, as a head coach, Knight was 79-123.

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Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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