College basketball coaching legend Bobby Knight dead at 83

 November 2, 2023

Bobby Knight, the college basketball coaching legend known for his fiery outbursts, has died at the age of 83.

Knight's family shared the announcement of his passing Wednesday night in Bloomington, Indiana.

His career

"Knight was among the winningest coaches in the sport, finishing his career with 902 victories in 42 seasons at Army, Indiana and Texas Tech," Breitbart News reported, including three national championships at Indiana.

"He also coached the U.S. Olympic team to a gold medal in 1984," it added.

The statement

"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 from his family 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," it continued.

His legacy

"Though he wasn’t easy to play for — ask Larry Bird who lasted only a few weeks before heading home and later resurfacing at Indiana State to become one of the game’s all-time greats — Knight’s Indiana teams never had a losing record while winning or sharing 11 Big Ten titles, reaching five Final Fours and his 1976 squad is the last team in NCAA history to go through an entire season unbeaten, finishing 32-0," the New York Post reported.

"In fact, his 1974-75 and 75-76 teams went a combined 63-1, the lone loss coming in the 1975 NCAA Tournament’s Elite Eight," it noted.

Knight led both championship teams and top players throughout his decades as a coach. NBA legend Isaiah Thomas was among the top players under his program at Indiana, with many of the nation's top athletes playing under him during his time as an Olympic basketball coach in 1984.

His reputation for angry outbursts during games was what people often remembered, however, as Knight was thrown out of games for throwing chairs or arguing with referees. He would ultimately lose his job at Indiana over an altercation with a player before later coaching at Texas Tech before retiring from the game.

Knight's legacy is unmatched in college basketball, leaving behind a record of both wins and controversy that forever marked the sport for his generation and beyond.

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