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basketball coach Bob Knight dies at 83 Today Live News Nexodt , Bob Knight, whose Hall of Fame career was highlighted by three national titles at Indiana — one capping an undefeated season not since matched — and countless on-court outbursts, has died. He was 83.

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Knight’s family made the announcement Wednesday night. He was hospitalized with an illness in April and had been in poor health for several years.

It is with heavy hearts that we share that Coach Bob Knight passed away at his home in Bloomington surrounded by his family,” the statement said. “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.”

Knight became the youngest coach at a Division I school in 1965

when he broke in at Army at 24. But he made his mark at Indiana, including winning a school-record 661 games and reaching the NCAA tournament 24 times in 29 seasons. Knight’s first NCAA title came in 1976 when Indiana went undefeated, a feat no team has accomplished since.

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

Knight won 20 or more games in a season 29 times, compiling a career record of 902-371.

n 1984, he coached the U.S. Olympic team to a gold medal in Los Angeles, the last American amateur team to claim Olympic gold. And, to no surprise, it came with controversy. Knight kept Steve Alford, the leader of Knight’s last national championship team in 1987, on his squad while cutting the likes of future Hall of Famers Charles Barkley and John Stockton.

He influenced my life in ways I could never repay. As he did with all of his players, he always challenged me to get the most out of myself as a player and more importantly, as a person. His record as a basketball coach speaks for itself. He will be remembered as one of the greatest ever.”

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he led the Red Raiders to five 20-win seasons, a first at the school. 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. To celebrate the milestone, Knight chose the song “My Way” by Frank Sinatra, a mantra for how he navigated his personal and professional worlds.

basketball coach Bob Knight dies at 83

Back then, Knight explained why “My Way” was so fitting.

“I’ve simply tried to do what I think is best,” Knight said. “Regrets? Sure. Just like the song. I have regrets. I wish I could have done things better at times. I wish I would have had a better answer, a better way, at times. But just like he said, I did it my way, and when I look back on it, I don’t think my way was all that bad.”

Knight resigned as Texas Tech’s basketball coach in the middle of the 2008-09 season, his 42nd year as a head coach, and walked away from college basketball. He later worked as a college basketball analyst for Nexodt .

What he did and how he did it made Knight a legend. However, the influence and discipline he brought to coaching made him special.

We lost one of the greatest coaches in the history of basketball today. Clearly, he was one of a kind,” said former Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski, who played for Knight at Army and surpassed his mentor as the winningest Division I college basketball coach in 2011. “Coach Knight re

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Robert Montgomery Knight was born Oct. 25, 1940, in Orrville, Ohio, and was a prep basketball, baseball and football star at Orrville High School. While a player at Ohio State, his teams compiled an overall record of 78-6. The Buckeyes won the national title in 1960 (Knight was 0-for-1 with one personal foul in a 75-55 win over California in the title game and averaged 3.7 points as a sub that season) and captured Big Ten titles during all three of Knight’s seasons.

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Knight coached from 1965 to 1971 at Army, going 102-50. He then moved to Indiana, where his Hoosiers went 662-239 from 1971 to 2000; dressed in his trademark red sweater, he won national titles there in 1976, 1981 and 1987.

Knight spent five decades competing against and usually beating some of the game’s most revered names — Adolph Rupp, Smith and John Wooden in the early years; Krzyzewski, Rick Pitino and Roy Williams in later year

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We ran into each other, in 1986, I was playing in the world championship. He was doing television commentary,” Kerr explained. “We had lost a game, and he came to our practice and pulled me aside and basically went on a tirade. I had never met him before. … He said, ‘I want you to take those bleeping bleep teammates of yours and bleep bleep and tell them to bleep bleep.’ And I said, ‘Yes, sir, Coach Knight.’

That, however, all changed in recent years.

The thaw began in earnest in 2019, when he made a surprise appearance at an Indiana baseball game. In July, he bought a house 3 miles from the basketball arena in Bloomington.

And in February 2020, he finally returned to Assembly Hall for an Indiana-Purdue matchup. He was met with roars of approval from the sold-out crowd, including dozens of former players.

Knight walked in with his son Pat. Knight hugged Isiah Thomas. He was assisted into the arena by Buckner. And Knight reveled in the moment, pumping his fist, pretending to direct Scott May in a practice drill and even leading fans in a chorus of, “De-fense, de-fense.” basketball coach Bob Knight dies

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