Oct. 10, 2013
BEAUMONT, Texas -
A visit from one's dad normally doesn't make headlines. It is a visit that will only be special for family members. That is not the case when Lamar men's basketball coach Pat Knight's father comes to visit which is what happened over the weekend. The legendary Bob Knight stopped by for a weekend visit with his son, which included a visit to the Montagne Center to watch a couple LU practices.
Nicknamed "The General," Knight won 902 games during his coaching career, the most at the time, and currently third all-time. Knight had head coaching stints at Army, Indiana and most recently Texas Tech. During his time in Bloomington, Knight guided the Hoosiers to 11 Big Ten Conference Championships, three NCAA Championships and one NIT championship. He was also named National Coach of the Year four times, while earning Big Ten Coach of the Year recognition eight times.
Knight's success on the court also extended to the international level. In 1984, he coached the United States Men's Olympic Team to a gold medal.
Currently a color analyst for ESPN, Knight took the time to provide motivational comments during practice, which concluded with a short motivational speech for, and picture with, the team.
Knight's brief stop in Beaumont came on the heels of a speaking engagement at Ball State. He left Beaumont Monday for another speaking engagement in Charleston.