Hall of Fame Basketball Coach Bob Knight dies at 83

One of the most decorated College Basketball coaches of all time, Bob Knight, has passed away according to his family. He is currently the sixth-winningest coach in NCAA Division 1 basketball history.

Knight was 83.

“It is with heavy hearts that we share that Coach Bob Knight passed away at his home in Bloomington surrounded by his family,” the Knight Family said in a statement. “We are grateful for all the thoughts and prayers, and appreciate the continued respect for our privacy as Coach requested a private family gathering, which is being honored. We will continue to celebrate his life and remember him, today and forever as a beloved Husband, Father, Coach, and Friend.”

In 1965, Knight became the youngest coach at the NCAA Division 1 level at 24 years old. He broke in as a young coach at Army, but made his mark on the basketball world at Indiana. There he won three national championships and a school-record 661 games while making 24 out of 29 NCAA tournaments. His first NCAA title came in 1976 when the Hoosiers went undefeated, a feat that no team has accomplished since.

Bob Knight
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In 1984, he coached the last U.S. Olympic Amateur team to a gold medal.

Knight was eventually forced out of Indiana for a “pattern of unacceptable behavior.” The legendary coach who infamously threw a chair in a game against Purdue. As well as numerous physical confrontations. From there, he joined Texas Tech six months later and led the Red Raiders to five 20-win seasons. Knight passed former¬†North Carolina¬†coach Dean Smith as the then-winningest Division I men’s coach Jan. 1, 2007, getting career win No. 880.

Knight later resigned as Texas Tech’s basketball coach in the middle of the 2008-09 season. That was year No. 42 for him, afterwards he walked away and became a college basketball analyst for ESPN.

What he did and how he did it made Bob Knight a legend.

Knight spent six years (1965-71) at Army, going 102-50, then moved to Indiana, where his Hoosiers went 662-239 from 1971-00. Dressed in his trademark red sweater, he won national titles there in 1976, ’81 and ’87.

Knight was elected and inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1991.


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