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Brandin Knight Leaving Pitt

Brandin Knight has been a member of the Pitt basketball program for 14 years as both a player and coach.  However, that time has come to an end.

After spending time with his family and considering Kevin Stallings offer to remain with the team as an assistant coach, Knight has decided to move on.

Pittsburgh Sports Now has learned that Knight just felt that it was time to make the break from Pitt and get a fresh start.
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Knight had his sights set on taking over for Jamie Dixon as Pitt’s head coach. In fact, Dixon publicly endorsed Knight for the job and said that he was ready to lead the program.  Obviously, Pitt AD Scott Barnes felt differently because he never gave Knight an interview.

I’m told that Knight believes that he needs to become a head coach at a smaller program in order for him to get serious consideration for a major head coaching job like Pitt.

No word yet on what Knight plans on doing next year.  Reportedly, Rutgers has offered him a spot as an assistant coach.  Considering his ties in New Jersey, it could be a good landing spot for him.

Considering his history within the Pitt basketball program, this had to be a very emotional decision for Knight.  He’s been an assistant coach with Pitt since 2008 and before that, Knight was one of the all-time greats in Panther history.

The university retired his jersey #20 after he scored 1,440 points for Pitt from 1999 to 2003.  Knight was the Big East co-Player of the Year in 2002 and was named a 2nd team All-American in the same year.

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