The skeptic wonders whether Knight will acquit himself any better in Texas, where top recruits routinely leave the state and no college team has made the Final Four since Houston in 1984. On the other hand, breathing life into a moribund program, all the while being deified by the locals, could be the capstone to Knight's career. "He'll bring [instate] prospects to Lubbock who would have never considered going there before," says recruiting guru Bob Gibbons. "Time will tell whether he'll be able to bring in kids on a national basis."
The other question is whether a blown call, a missed layup or a tendentious question from a reporter will provoke an embarrassing eruption. His new bosses are unconcerned. "I hired him to be the intense, aggressive coach that got him where he is," says Myers. "If he does things as he did at Indiana, I'll be happy."
Adds Schmidly, "Put it this way: I don't go to bed worried about the basketball program."
Whatever the case, college basketball's MacArthur has returned. All eyes are again upon him.