Bobby Knight, a legendary basketball coach, passes away at age 83.

Bobby Knight, a legendary college basketball coach known for his irascibility and conceit—qualities that both elevated him to the highest level of his profession and marred his achievements—passed away on Wednesday at his Bloomington, Indiana, home. 83 years old.


Bobby Knight has passed away. Three national championships at Indiana, one of which ended an undefeated season that has never been topped, and multiple on-court outbursts marked the pinnacle of his Hall of Fame career.

Knight’s family announced the news on Wednesday night. He was brought into the hospital in April after suffering from illness for several years.

Bobby Knight was one of the most divisive figures in American athletics, being mercurial and temperamental. He was an outstanding coach who recruited smart players, played fierce man-to-man defense, praised accurate passing, and stressed the need of boxing out, grabbing rebounds, and never stopping hustle.

Hailed as a master instructor and a conscientious perfectionist, he was also a fierce competitor who saw defeat as an anguish and a relentless motivator whose main tool, it seemed, was the fitful outburst.

Bobby began his coaching career :-

In 1965, Knight broke in at Army at the age of 24, becoming the youngest coach at a Division I university. At Indiana, however, he left his imprint, setting a school record with 661 victories and 24 trips to the NCAA tournament over 29 seasons. Knight won his first NCAA title in 1976 thanks to Indiana’s undefeated season—a feat no other team has since accomplished.

His coaching career spanned from the United States Military Academy to Texas Tech University. In 1984, he led the American basketball team to an Olympic gold medal.

The last American amateur team to win an Olympic gold medal was the one he coached in 1984 when they competed in Los Angeles. Unsurprisingly, there was criticism around it as well. While dismissing players like future Hall of Famers Charles Barkley and John Stockton, Knight retained Steve Alford, the captain of his 1987 team that won its final national championship.

Indiana University board of trustees chair Quinn Buckner stated in a statement, “You may never see another team like this again. That was one of the things that he said to our 1976 team, which I was fortunate enough to be a part of.” “Well, I don’t know that we will ever see another coach like him again.”

In 63 of 64 games played over two consecutive seasons (1974–75 and 1975–76), his teams prevailed. When Indiana emerged victorious from the N.C.A.A. tournament in March 1976, concluding the season with a 32-0 record, the team became the eighth and final national champion with a perfect record.
Knight’s Hoosier teams averaged over 23 victories a season from 1971–72, his first season at Indiana, through 1999–2000. During that time, they won 11 Big Ten crowns as well as two additional national titles in 1981 and 1987.

When Knight was elected into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1991, the organization referred to him as “a legend among coaches.”

Bobby Knight finished with a career record of 902-371 after winning 20 games or more 29 times in a season.

Mike Woodson, a former Hoosier player and current Indiana coach, stated in a statement, “I am so blessed that he saw something in me as a basketball player.” “I could never repay the ways he changed my life. He constantly pushed me to reach my full potential as a player and, more importantly, as a person, just like he did with every one of his players. As a basketball coach, his track record is unquestionable. “He will live forever in the memories of future generations as a great legend.”

In a sincere message from Texas Tech Athletics, they expressed, “Coach Knight will forever hold a special place as one of the most impactful coaches, leaving an enduring legacy not only within Texas Tech’s history but also across the broader landscape of college basketball. His steadfast faith in his team’s defensive skills, alongside their fluid offensive style, undeniably reshaped the sport.”

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