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Knight touts education to Tech students

Sounding more like a teacher than a coach, Bob Knight met Saturday with Texas Tech students who will be asked for input on whether he will be hired by the school.

According to students, the fired Indiana coach talked about making sure players graduate, building interest in the program and offering lessons on basketball and life.

At least one of the eight students, who were hand-picked by Tech administrators for the breakfast meeting, was swayed.

Before the encounter, said David Kelley, a 23-year-old senior and member of the student government association, "I was feeling that he was going to bring some negativity to the Texas Tech basketball team, kind of like what he was getting in Indiana.

"Everything we heard was negative. I thought he was going to be a fiery guy who didn't get along with the students at all."

It didn't take long for the Hall of Fame coach to win Kelley over.

"Just getting to know him personally, I kind of understand him now, and that changed my ideas about him," the student said.

Dozens of Tech faculty members have signed a petition opposing Knight's hiring, citing several highly publicized outbursts during his 29 years with the Hoosiers.

Knight wrapped up three days in Lubbock, including sitting down again with Tech president David Schmidly and athletic director Gerald Myers.

PITINO NEARS DECISION: Louisville doesn't have much longer to wait to find out if Rick Pitino is coming.

"I'm going to tell Louisville on Wednesday," Pitino said. "I don't want to drag this on much longer. Louisville has been great to me and I want to give them a decision soon."

Pitino will provide analysis for CBS today during the Midwest Region's second-round games in Dayton, Ohio. He then will go to Boston to discuss the situation with his wife and five children.

DUQUESNE: Darelle Porter, 31, the nation's second-youngest Division I coach when he was hired in 1998, resigned after going 23-64 in three seasons marked by late collapses.

INDIANA: Mike Davis was congratulated by the school president. Now he wants to know if he keeps his job as coach. "The hardest part is the waiting," said Davis, who replaced Knight in September. "I feel like I'm on hold right now. But at the same time I feel I've proven that I'm the man for the job and we'll just have to see how things work out." University president Myles Brand announced a seven-member committee Friday to settle the coaching situation.

POOL BROKEN UP: Just like many adults, eighth-graders at a Hartland, Wis., school organized a gambling pool on the NCAA Tournament. But the pool was busted by police after a teacher got wind that the North Shore Middle School students were playing for a prize that had grown to $100, $5 each for the 20 participants. The youngsters were lectured by police and forced to write letters of apology to their parents.

CATHOLIC WINS DIVISION III: Pat Maloney hit three-pointers 1:03 apart in the final three minutes and Catholic held off William Paterson 76-62 in Salem, Va., to win its first Division III title.

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