Legendary College Basketball Coach Bob Knight Passes Away at 83

Bob Knight, one of the most successful and controversial figures in college basketball history, has passed away at the age of 83, as announc...

Bob Knight, one of the most successful and controversial figures in college basketball history, has passed away at the age of 83, as announced by his family on Wednesday. The exact cause of his death has not been disclosed at this time.

Bob Knight, renowned for his coaching career, most notably with Indiana University from 1971 to 2000, where he achieved remarkable success, including three national championships, most notably in 1976, making his team the last men's Division I squad to complete a season undefeated. He spent his final moments at his residence in Bloomington, Indiana, surrounded by his loved ones, according to a statement posted on his website by his family.

In the tribute, his family stated, "We will continue to celebrate his life and remember him, today and forever as a beloved Husband, Father, Coach, and Friend."

Before retiring in 2008, Bob Knight set a then-record of 902 NCAA Division I men's victories. His coaching journey included successful stints at the US Military Academy and Texas Tech University before and after his time at Indiana.

Mike Krzyzewski, the legendary former Duke coach and one of Knight's former players during his time at the US Military Academy in the late 1960s, paid homage to his mentor by saying, "We lost one of the greatest coaches in the history of basketball."

Knight, often referred to as "The General," revolutionized coaching with his motion offense and an emphasis on tough man-to-man defense, leading his teams to 24 appearances in the NCAA Division I men's tournament. He earned four National Coach of the Year titles and guided Indiana to 11 Big Ten Conference championships and five Final Four appearances.

He once described his role as "teacher/coach" when asked about his job title on a passport.

However, Knight was not without controversy, earning nicknames like "Brash," "Intimidating," and "Unapologetic." He was known for his intense coaching style and sometimes confrontational behavior on and off the court.

Throughout his career, Knight maintained a clean program, with the vast majority of his players graduating, and his teams never faced NCAA probation.

Knight's time at Indiana came to an end in 2000 when he was fired by the university president. This followed allegations of choking a player, Neil Reed, during a practice session, which was caught on video. Knight denied choking Reed but admitted to being physically demanding with his players. The incident led to a suspension, a fine, and ultimately, his dismissal from the university.

Despite the estrangement from the university, Knight made a return in 2020 for an event honoring his 1980-81 national championship team. In recent years, he had been seen at some Indiana basketball practices.

Robert Montgomery Knight, born on October 25, 1940, in Orrville, Ohio, was a talented athlete in high school, participating in basketball, baseball, and football. He continued his basketball career at Ohio State University, where he played as a reserve on the 1960 national championship team.

After graduating, Knight began his coaching career as an assistant at Ohio's Cuyahoga Falls High School before joining the Army. He then became an assistant coach at the US Military Academy, where he eventually assumed the head coaching position at a young age of 24. Knight faced various challenges, including the Army's height limit for players, but his teams still made four appearances in the National Invitation Tournament during his six seasons there.

Knight was hired by Indiana before the 1971-72 season, and he quickly led the Hoosiers to the Final Four in 1973. His time at Indiana was marked by remarkable success, including national championships in 1976, 1981, and 1987. His Indiana squads won 662 games and lost only 239, according to the university.

After leaving Indiana, Knight spent nearly seven seasons coaching at Texas Tech, where the Red Raiders made four NCAA tournament appearances. His son, Pat Knight, succeeded him as head coach.

In addition to his collegiate achievements, Knight also led the United States' men's basketball team to a gold medal at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, making him one of three men to coach teams to titles at the Olympics, the NCAA tournament, and the National Invitation Tournament.

Despite his coaching success, Knight was a polarizing figure known for his fiery temper and controversial incidents, including throwing a chair onto the court during a game, confrontations with NCAA workers, and an altercation with a Puerto Rican police officer.

In a 2000 interview with Larry King, Knight acknowledged his intense coaching style but stressed the importance of understanding his players' personalities. He believed that different players required different approaches to coaching.

Throughout his career, Knight's relationship with the media was often strained, but he later transitioned into an analyst role for ESPN during his final years in basketball.

Knight's impact on the sport was recognized with his induction into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 1991, the College Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006, and the IU Athletics Hall of Fame in 2009.

Quinn Buckner, a key player on Indiana's 1976 national championship team and chairman of IU's board of trustees, paid tribute to Knight, acknowledging the special opportunity to have been coached by him and the unique bond they shared. He stated that Bob Knight's legacy would always be a part of who they are, and they were fortunate to have had him in their lives.

Bob Knight's influence on college basketball and the indelible mark he left on the sport will be remembered by fans and players alike.



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