Originally created 04/13/02

Tech reviewing merchandise swap involving Knight's son



LUBBOCK, Texas -- Bob Knight's son, a Texas Tech assistant athletic director, shipped school merchandise to an Indiana store operated by his mother, but the items were never paid for, university officials said Friday.

The merchandise, such as miniature basketballs, caps and media guides, were shipped to The General's Store in Indianapolis, operated by Tim Knight's mother, Nancy, Tech spokeswoman Cindy Rugeley said.

In return, the Indiana store sent Tim Knight items such as pictures of his father, who is no longer married to Nancy Knight. The trading began in mid-October with the store that Tim Knight opened while his father was the coach at Indiana.

"He considered it a goods-for-good exchange and at the end of the basketball season, they'd square up, which is how you operate in the private sector," Rugeley said. "But it's not how you operate in the public sector."

Lynda Gilbert, Texas Tech vice president for fiscal affairs, said Tim Knight failed to follow university regulations but did not commit a crime because he expected to receive payment.

Tim Knight's office did not return a call Friday from The Associated Press. Bob Knight, reached at a Dallas alumni luncheon between book-signing appearances, declined to comment.

Tim Knight was overseeing Double T Shoppe, Tech's retail outlet for athletic apparel, when he shipped the items without preparing invoices, Rugeley said. The value of the merchandise was not immediately clear.

Texas Tech began reviewing the younger Knight's activities after learning late last month the Fort Worth Star-Telegram was investigating.

Tim Knight, 37, was removed from involvement in the Double T Shoppe on April 1 but is still employed in the $50,000-a-year position he has held since September, Gilbert said.

Texas Tech president David Schmidly will seek an audit of transactions between the Double T Shoppe and The General's Store, Rugeley said. The results will go to the Board of Regents.

Tim Knight will now send separate invoices for each item and the Indianapolis store will also submit invoices for the goods it sent, Rugeley said.

Records show that from Oct. 25 to March 23, the Tech athletic department used the university's Federal Express account to ship 23 packages, weighing a total of 558 pounds, to The General's Store in Indianapolis or a Bloomington, Ind., residence listing Nancy Knight as the recipient. Records show the university was billed $497 by Federal Express.