Jan. 14, 2013
HOUSTON, Texas – As Rice University men’s basketball hosts defending league champion Memphis on Wednesday at 6 p.m. in Tudor Fieldhouse, the program and Rice Athletics will pay tribute to former men's basketball coach and "R" Association Executive Director Don Knodel.
Following a pre-game Rice Letterman gathering in the Trauber Suite, Rice will thank Knodel for his years of service and support during a timeout in the first half of the game. The former coach retired as Executive Director of the “R” Association at the conclusion of 2012.
Knodel came to Rice in March of 1966 when he replaced George Carlisle as head coach of the Rice men's team. Known as "The Silent K," Knodel took over a team that had won just three games in the previous two seasons. After several years of steady improvement, he led the Owls to a Southwest Conference title since 1954 and a berth in the 1970 NCAA Tournament.
During Knodel's tenure, Rice had two players named All-Southwest Conference. Greg Williams was named the 1969 Southwest Conference Player of the Year while Gary Reist was named All-SWC in back-to-back seasons (1970 and 1971). Knodel's 76 victories rank fifth all-time at Rice.
Knodel left Rice in 1974, but returned in April of 1999 as the Executive Director of the "R" Association and oversaw that organization's grown and development over the next 12 years. He was inducted to the Rice Athletics Hall of Fame in 2009.
Additionally, Jack in the Box will send its Burger Truck to Tudor Fieldhouse for the contest.
"The Jack Burger Truck will be at the Rice vs. Memphis men's basketball game from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Look for us outside of Tudor Fieldhouse, near the main steps, and you could score a free Jumbo Jack® burger with cheese. Mmmm... burgers and basketball – there's no better combination. See you at the game!"