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Steer clear of fatherly advice

By Brian Landman, Times Staff Writer
Published February 9, 2008


Say hello to Pat Knight, the new Texas Tech coach and the latest son trying to follow in the footprints of his famously successful dad.

His father is Bob Knight, who surprisingly announced his retirement Monday and turned over control of the Red Raiders to his son, the designated coach-in-waiting since 2005.

"It was a blast," Knight said of his debut Wednesday, a hard-fought 80-74 loss at Baylor. "I have not been this nervous or felt this much energy since I was lacing up and playing for my dad."

But just how do you go about succeeding your dad? Well, you can ask Scott Drew or Sean Sutton or Keno Davis or Tony Bennett, all of whom did precisely that.

"All you can be is who you are," said Bennett, who took over for his dad at Washington State and was the national coach of the year as a rookie and again has the Cougars in the Top 25 this season. "I know Pat somewhat; he's got to be who he is as a coach and not be anybody different."

Folks sure saw evidence of that Wednesday. Pat Knight's team ran more and even unveiled a 3-2 zone, a defense dear old dad eschewed. Drew, who followed his father, Homer, at Valparaiso before moving to Baylor in 2003, was shocked.

"Wow. Coach Knight to Coach Knight is definitely a little different," he said.

School Father Son Son's record

Washington St. Dick Bennett Tony Bennett 43-13/second season

Oklahoma St. Eddie Sutton Sean Sutton 33-24/second+ seasons

Valparaiso Homer Drew Scott Drew 20-11/one season only

Drake Tom Davis Keno Davis 21-1/first season

Texas Tech Bob Knight Pat Knight 0-1/first season

Price is right

Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun praises the defensive prowess of 7-foot-3 center Hasheem Thabeet and calls do-everything forward Jeff Adrien a "warrior," but the key to his team's six-game winning streak and return to elite status has been the play of junior guard A.J. Price.

Price missed his freshman year in 2004-05 when a brain hemorrhage from a birth defect left him hospitalized for two weeks and feeling lucky to be alive. He then was suspended for the 2005-06 school year for stealing laptop computers. Two years later, he's the engine of the No. 19-ranked Huskies. He averages 14.6 points and 6.0 assists both team highs and 4.1 rebounds entering today's game against Georgia Tech.

"A.J. runs our team. A.J. can score points. A.J. is really kind of the voice of our team; everybody turns to him in huddles," Calhoun said. "Bottom line, he has been so mature (with) the things that happened before, life-threatening things, there's no doubt in my mind that he's one of the most valuable players in the league."

Fitting name

Saint Mary's (Calif.) senior guard Todd Golden sure has a, well, golden touch. Entering Friday night's home game against San Francisco, he had hit 40 of 85 3-pointers (47.1 percent), tops in the West Coast Conference. He was 6-for-6 in the No. 25-ranked Gaels' OT win against Gonzaga on Monday.

Face of things to come

CBSSports.com will provide official NCAA Tournament brackets for fans to fill out as well as coverage of the event to the millions of, wait for it, Facebook users. Said NCAA official Greg Shaheen: "Getting as many people involved in March Madness in as many different ways as possible is obviously an important goal for the NCAA, and tapping into a base of very active NCAA sports fans with this application clearly furthers that objective."

Brian Landman can be reached at landman@sptimes.com or (813) 226-3347.



Quotable

"(Tyler) Hansbrough probably had one of the best rebounding efforts that I've ever seen."

Leonard Hamilton, Florida State coach, after the North Carolina star had 21 boards in an OT win Sunday in Tallahassee

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