By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Legendary men’s basketball head coach Bob Knight has passed away. He was 83.
An official cause of death has not been announced yet. The family announced his passing but did not give a reason.
Knight was previously hospitalized in April due to an illness. He had been battling poor health in recent years.
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“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.”
“The General” had won 902 games during his coaching career with the Army Black Knights, Indiana Hoosiers, and the Texas Tech Red Raiders. As a head coach, he guided the Hoosiers to three Championships in 1976, 1981, and 1987.
He also guided his teams to five Final Fours. Knight was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1991.
Knight also was inducted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006.
“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.”
He had a strained relationship with Indiana for some time. However, in 2020, he returned to Assembly Hall, where he was welcomed back.
Some may remember him for his on-the-court outbursts. Some may remember him for his coaching abilities. But one thing that cannot be denied is that he was one heck of a coach.
Knight also guided Team USA to two Gold Medals. First, he guided the men’s team to a Gold Medal in the 1979 Pan American Games in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
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He also guided Team USA to a Gold Medal in the Olympic Games in 1984 in Los Angeles, California.
“I am so blessed that he saw something in me as a basketball player,” Mike Woodson, former Hoosiers player and Indiana’s current coach, said in a statement. “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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