Knight surpassed Smith, but who will surpass Knight?
Bob Knight broke Dean Smith's record. Now, who will eclipse Knight?
Knight, the Texas Tech men's basketball coach, earned his 880th victory, eclipsing the mark held by former longtime North Carolina coach Dean Smith.
Arizona head coach Lute Olson, who is second on the active coaching wins list, trails Knight by 111 victories through Dec. 26.
With 764 wins at a relatively young age (59), Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski, might be the one to surpass Bob Knight for career victories.
Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski, who played for Knight at Army, is the third winningest active coach. He has led the Blue Devils to 764 victories. Longtime Connecticut head coach Jim Calhoun is fourth overall with 743 victories, while fellow Big East Conference colleague Jim Boeheim of Syracuse is fifth with 736 victories.
"(Knight's) very important to me, directly and indirectly in my basketball background," TCU head coach Neil Dougherty said. "I played for Coach K at West Point. ... When you have Coach Knight about to overtake Coach Smith and the heir apparent of that will most definitely be Coach K, I think the state of our game as far as basketball coaches is in correct order."
Knight, Boeheim and Olson share the record for most 20-win seasons with 28. On four occasions, Knight-led teams have won 30 or more games.
Other coaches to keep an eye on in the future include Roy Williams. The North Carolina coach has racked up 493 wins in 18 seasons.
"Mike Krzyzewski and Roy Williams jump out just because they've had a lot of wins and coached a lot of years," ESPN analyst Dick Vitale said. "Those are the guys that will have a chance as long as they stay in coaching because they're always going to get their 20-25 wins. It's just going to be a matter of if they're going to put in the years and how much longer The General is going to put in."
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