Bobby Knight had a rough week. He was accused of shooting at a Texas man after being asked not to hunt near the man's house. The media jumped all over the story, a familiar enough situation for Knight but all of the turmoil may still have had deleterious effects on the 67-year old coach of Texas Tech.
He left yesterday's game at Centenary at halftime because of illness. On his way out he exchanged words with some ungentlemanly fans of the Gentlemen and reminded them that his club was doing them a favor.
Knight told the fans Tech was the only Big 12 Conference school that would play the Gents on the road, and the fans should respect that. The message was in response to fans making comments to Knight as the team passed the student section on its way to the locker room.
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Knight was right about that but he should probably limit his charity to soup kitchens from now on. The Red Raiders blew a 14-point second half lead and lost 70-66 to the smallest school in Division I. They couldn't take advantage of 24 Gents turnovers in a loss that, coupled with an earlier defeat at Sam Houston State, would seem to write Texas Tech off as a Big 12 contender this season. Then you remember they beat Gonzaga last week, and you have a team thats as Jekyll and Hyde-ish as their head coach. Knight's condition hasn't been updated but the news of the loss couldn't have been theraputic.