66 Facts About Bobby Knight


Robert Montgomery Knight was born on October 25,1940 and is an American former basketball coach.

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Bobby Knight is best known as the head coach of the Indiana Hoosiers from 1971 to 2000.

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Bobby Knight received National Coach of the Year honors four times and Big Ten Coach of the Year honors eight times.

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Bobby Knight was one of college basketball's most successful and innovative coaches, having popularized the motion offense.

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Bobby Knight has been praised for running good programs, and nearly all of his players graduated.

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Bobby Knight sparked controversy with his outspoken nature and demonstrative behavior.

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Bobby Knight was once arrested in Puerto Rico following a physical confrontation with a police officer.

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Bobby Knight regularly displayed a volatile nature and was sometimes accused of verbal conflicts with members of the press.

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Bobby Knight was recorded on videotape appearing to have possibly grabbed one of his players by the neck.

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Bobby Knight remains "the object of near fanatical devotion" from many of his former players and Indiana fans.

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In 2008, Bobby Knight joined ESPN as a men's college basketball studio analyst during Championship Week and for coverage of the NCAA Tournament.

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Bobby Knight was born in 1940 in the town of Massillon, Ohio, and grew up in Orrville, Ohio.

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Bobby Knight began playing organized basketball at Orrville High School.

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Bobby Knight continued at Ohio State in 1958 when he played for Basketball Hall of Fame coach Fred Taylor.

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The Buckeyes lost to the Cincinnati Bearcats in each of the next two NCAA Championship games, of which Bobby Knight was a part.

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Bobby Knight got the ball in the left front court and faked a drive into the middle.

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Bobby Knight graduated with a degree in history and government in 1962.

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Bobby Knight then enlisted in the United States Army and served on active duty from June 1963 to June 1965 and in the army reserves from June 1965 to May 1969.

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Bobby Knight conducted initial training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri and was transferred to West Point, New York in September 1963.

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In six seasons at West Point, Bobby Knight won 102 games, with his first as a head coach coming against Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

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Bobby Knight was one of seven candidates vying to fill the Wisconsin men's basketball head coaching vacancy after John Erickson resigned to become the Milwaukee Bucks' first-ever general manager on April 3,1968.

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Bobby Knight was offered the position but requested more time to think it over.

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Bobby Knight asked for fan support to rally around the team and, when the team ultimately won the Big Ten title, he ordered that a banner be hung for the team in Assembly Hall as a tribute to the fans, who he credited with inspiring the team to win its final three home games.

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Bobby Knight asked that they not hold a grudge against Harvey and that they continue to support the basketball team.

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Bobby Knight's firing made national headlines, including the cover of Sports Illustrated and around-the-clock coverage on ESPN.

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Bobby Knight accepted the head coaching position at Texas Tech, although his hiring was opposed by a faculty group that was led by Walter Schaller.

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Bobby Knight quickly improved the program, which had not been to an NCAA tournament since 1996.

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Bobby Knight led the team to postseason appearances in each of his first four years at the school.

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The best performance by the Red Raiders under Bobby Knight came in 2005 when they advanced as far as the Sweet Sixteen.

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The younger Bobby Knight had said that after many years of coaching, his father was exhausted and ready to retire.

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In 1979, Bobby Knight guided the United States Pan American team to a gold medal in Puerto Rico.

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In 1984 Bobby Knight led the US national team to a gold medal in the Olympic Games as coach of the 1984 basketball team.

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Bobby Knight continued by saying Knight's health “has declined” but did not offer any specifics.

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Bobby Knight appeared with longtime friend and journalist Bob Hammel and spoke about different aspects of his career.

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Bobby Knight was an innovator of the motion offense, which he perfected and popularized.

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Bobby Knight continued to develop the offense, instituting different cuts over the years and putting his players in different scenarios.

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Bobby Knight was well known for the extreme preparation he put into each game and practice.

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In contrast to set plays, Bobby Knight's offense was designed to react according to the defense.

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Bobby Knight sardonically said at the time that he supported institution of the three point shot because if a team's offense was functioning efficiently enough to get a layup the team should be rewarded with three points for that basket.

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On defense Bobby Knight was known for emphasizing tenacious "man-to-man" defense where defenders contest every pass and every shot, and help teammates when needed.

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However, Bobby Knight has incorporated a zone defense periodically after eschewing that defense for the first two decades of his coaching career.

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Bobby Knight achieved his 880th career win on January 1,2007 and passed retired North Carolina coach Dean Smith for most career victories, a title he held until his win total was surpassed by Krzyzewski on November 15,2011, by Jim Boeheim on December 30,2012, and by Roy Williams on March 11,2021.

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Bobby Knight is the youngest coach to reach 200,300 and 400 wins.

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Bobby Knight was among the youngest to reach other milestones of 500 and 600 wins.

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Bobby Knight is the only coach to win the NCAA, the NIT, an Olympic Gold medal, and a Pan American Games Gold medal.

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Bobby Knight received a number of personal honors during and after his coaching career.

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Bobby Knight was named the National Coach of the Year four times and Big Ten Coach of the Year eight times.

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

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On November 17,2006, Bobby Knight was recognized for his impact on college basketball as a member of the founding class of the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame.

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Bobby Knight was inducted into the Army Sports Hall of Fame and the Indiana Hoosiers athletics Hall of Fame.

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Bobby Knight's autobiography, written with longtime friend and sports journalist Bob Hammel, was titled Bobby Knight: My Story and published in 2003.

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Bobby Knight discusses his approach to preparing for a game by anticipating all of the things that could go wrong and trying to prevent it or having a plan to deal with it.

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In 2017, sports reporter Terry Hutchens published Following the General: Why Three Coaches Have Been Unable to Return Indiana Basketball to Greatness which discussed Bobby Knight's coaching legacy with Indiana and how none of the coaches following him have been able to reach his level of success.

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Bobby Knight has appeared or been featured in numerous films and television productions.

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Bobby Knight himself appears in the movie and coaches against Nolte in the film's climactic game.

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Bobby Knight made a cameo appearance as himself in the 2003 film Anger Management.

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In 2008, Bobby Knight appeared in a commercial as part of Volkswagen's Das Auto series where Max, a 1964 black Beetle interviews famous people.

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Bobby Knight made an appearance in a TV commercial for Guitar Hero: Metallica with fellow coaches Mike Krzyzewski, Rick Pitino, and Roy Williams, in a parody of Tom Cruise in Risky Business.

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In 2009, Bobby Knight produced three instructional coaching DVD libraries—on motion offense, man-to-man defense, and instilling mental toughness—with Championship Productions.

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Pat Bobby Knight coached Texas Tech after his father's retirement before he moved to Lamar.

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In 1988, Bobby Knight married his second wife, Karen Vieth Edgar, a former Oklahoma high school basketball coach.

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Bobby Knight has a high regard for education and has made generous donations to the schools he has been a part of, particularly libraries.

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Bobby Knight raised nearly $5 million for the Indiana University library system by championing a library fund to support the library's activities.

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When Bobby Knight came to Texas Tech in 2001, he gave $10,000 to the library, the first gift to the Coach Bobby Knight Library Fund which has now collected over $300,000.

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Bobby Knight supported Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign, and later made an appearance at his rally in Indianapolis for the 2018 midterms.

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At the rally, Bobby Knight called Trump "a great defender of the United States of America".

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