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Knight to reject annual salary

LUBBOCK, Texas, March 11 (UPI) -- In an unusual move, Texas Tech basketball coach Bob Knight has decided to forfeit his salary for the 2002-03 season.

Knight said his decision was based on the disappointing record of the Red Raiders this season, and his disappointment with his own coaching job.

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Tech went 16-11 overall, and 6-12 in the Big 12, enters the conference tournament Thursday with a three-game losing streak, and will be the seventh seed.

Tech went just 2-6 on the road in Big 12 games.

The amount of money went unspecified by Athletic Director Gerald Myers, but various media reports indicate Knight make a base annual salary of $250,000.

"He just feels like he let the program down, so he decided to give his salary back," Myers said. "He's pretty firm on it. I think it shows what kind of man he is. He has a lot of integrity."

"Bob Knight has values and he has standards," said school spokesman Randy Farley. "He felt he didn't meet those standards so he shouldn't be paid. To me, this is vintage Bob Knight."

Meanwhile, the Dallas Morning News reported Tuesday that the volatile Knight kicked in a flat-screen television in the Raiders' locker room on Feb. 5, the night they routed Nebraska, 75-49.

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The paper said the episode ended up in an incident report filed by a campus officer working security at United Spirit Arena.

"It was no big deal," Myers told the paper. "It wasn't like the TV was demolished. It wasn't even a big tear in the screen, one of those soft screens. I've kicked a lot of things in the locker room. A lot of coaches have."

Texas Tech will be the seventh seed and meets 10th-seeded Baylor in the Big 12 Tournament Thursday in Dallas. The Bears knocked off the Red Raiders, 74-68, in the regular season finale for both schools last Saturday.

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