I might watch this....?
Knight tries reality TV
Texas Tech coach, ESPN plan show to find walk-on.
By Terry Hutchens
Texas Tech basketball coach Bob Knight has signed with ESPN to do a reality TV show in which 16 Texas Tech students will vie for a walk-on spot on Knight's 2006-07 basketball team.
The competition will take place this fall and the show, "Knight School," will be aired in six one-hour episodes beginning Feb. 19. The participants will go through the same kind of conditioning and drills that Knight's players at Texas Tech and Indiana University have experienced for more than 30 years.
Former IU standout Tom Coverdale said he thinks the reality show contestants are in for just that -- a dose of reality.
"I remember going into it thinking that I was ready for it, but it was a lot more physical and demanding than even I thought it was going to be," said Coverdale, who played at IU from 1999-2003. "I'm guessing it will be an eye-opening experience for a lot of those guys.
"But I know one thing: I'll definitely watch it."
The show will include practice sessions as well as shots of the Texas Tech campus and student activities.
Steve Downing, who played on Knight's first IU team in the 1971-72 season and now is a senior associate athletic director for internal affairs at Texas Tech, said the show has been in the planning stages for several months.
"I just think this is great for Texas Tech, because it will give the school a lot of good, national exposure," Downing said. "And I know it's something that coach Knight is really excited about."
Downing said the university has been working with the NCAA to make certain the show would not violate rules.