at 83 years old inside Assembly Hall before the women’s basketball team was set to tip off against Northwood in an exhibition contest.
A graphic with Knight’s image appeared on the video board as the public address announcer revealed the news to the crowd. Audible gasps could be heard inside the venue, according to a video posted by Indiana reporter Talia Goodman.
Indiana’s men’s and women’s basketball will wear patches on their respective jerseys this season to honor Knight, Knight spent the majority of his coaching career at Indiana (1971-2000), leading the Hoosiers to NCAA titles in 1976, 1981 and 1987.Indiana coach Bob Knight, left, and players Scott May, center, and Quinn Buckner, right, hold the trophy after the team’s win in the NCAA men’s college basketball tournament in Philadelphia on March 29, 1976.His Indiana teams never had a losing record, captured or shared 11 Big Ten titles and reached five Final Fours. headtopics.com
“RIP to the legendary Bob Knight,” wrote ESPN analyst and former Duke player Jay Bilas wrote on X. “He was an American original. I had the honor of knowing him well, and while he wasn’t for everyone, I always truly liked, respected and admired him. As he once said of Henry Iba, of all the shadows cast in the game, his was the longest.”Getty Images
The legendary — and at times controversial coach — also coached 6 ½ seasons at Texas Tech before retiring in 2008. wrote on X. “He is the reason why I fell in love with the game of basketball. He was bigger than life, and was always kind & welcoming to me as a shy student/intern, and then later as a young reporter. headtopics.com