Former Indiana basketball coach Bobby Knight, who could be introduced as Texas Tech's new coach as soon as Friday morning, still faces a couple more hurdles this week.
If Tech president David Schmidly and athletic director Gerald Myers recommend that Knight be hired and Chancellor John Montford gives his approval, Knight could be offered the job, a university spokeswoman said.
The job must remain open for 10 business days, or until 5 p.m. Friday. The position became available when James Dickey was fired March 9 — four days after Schmidly and Myers met with Knight in Florida about the job.
"The university cannot officially extend a job offer or accept that it will be taken until the 10-day process is complete," spokeswoman Cindy Rugeley told the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal for today's editions. "They can say that they intend to extend an offer and that coach Knight — if he is their choice — has indicated that he will accept their offer."
Some Faculty Are Opposed to Knight’s Hiring
She said Schmidly also plans to meet Wednesday with the Faculty Senate in response to concerns about Knight's hiring. Dozens of professors are petitioning against the fired Indiana coach with an infamous temper.
A source told The Dallas Morning News in today's editions that if that meeting is successful, a news conference would be called Friday to name Knight as the new coach.
Rugeley said Schmidly won't make a hiring decision until the Faculty Senate meeting.
Nearly 90 faculty members have endorsed an e-mail petition opposing Knight, citing several highly publicized outbursts during his 29 years with the Hoosiers. He is the only candidate interviewed so far to replace Dickey.
Tech philosophy professor Walter Schaller hand-delivered the petition to Schmidly's office Wednesday and requested a meeting between Knight and Tech faculty.
Although Schmidly denied the meeting with Knight, he has said he would consider the faculty's concerns in deciding whether to recommend Knight to Montford.
"I don't expect Dr. Schmidly's thought process to go as far as what he will recommend until he has heard the faculty out," Rugeley said.
Other Candidates Could Be Considered
Myers has reportedly contacted the coach of one of the state's top high school recruits, 6-foot-9 forward Emeka Okafor, to gauge the player's interest if Knight gets the head coaching job.
"He said it's not for certain, but it's a pretty good chance coach Knight would get hired at Texas Tech," Bellaire High School coach Dave Hudek told Houston television station KRIV on Monday. "I felt that coach Knight is going to be the coach at Texas Tech in the next few days or early next week."
There is also a slight chance that Tech is considering more candidates.
Red Raiders athletic director Gerald Myers said he developed a list of about 10 potential candidates, though Knight was the only one invited to the campus.
Myers said he can't divulge the names of the other possible candidates because they are employed elsewhere and haven't given their permission.