Nicknamed”the General,” Knight spent nearly three decades at Indiana University and several seasons at Texas Tech. His teams racked up wins, but he was controversial on and off the court.Indiana University coach Bobby Knight, here in the 1987 semifinals, led his Hoosiers to the NCAA men’s basketball championship that year.Indiana University coach Bobby Knight, here in the 1987 semifinals, led his Hoosiers to the NCAA men’s basketball championship that year.
“When he was good, there was no one better than Bob Knight. He was generous. He cared about his players. He graduated his players. He was the best,” said Feinstein.”When he was bad, there were few worse.”
Knight’s own head coaching career began at West Point. At age 24, he was the youngest varsity coach in NCAA history. In 1971, Indiana University hired him, and he worked there for 29 years. Indiana’s current head coach, Mike Woodson, played for Knight in the 1970s. Woodson also played and coached in the NBA and says he wouldn’t be where he is today without Knight. headtopics.com
“I’ve never felt comfortable with the award ‘Coach of the Year’ or coach of anything,” said Knight.”I think there’s a much more appropriate nomenclature that could be used, and that would be ‘Team of the Year.'”Former Indiana University basketball coach Bobby Knight speaks at a fundraising dinner for the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in Indianapolis on Dec. 17, 2009.
In 1985, Indiana University basketball coach Bobby Knight winds up and pitches a chair across the floor during a 72-63 loss to rival Purdue University.During Knight’s time at Indiana, the Hoosiers won 662 games and lost 239. Following his dismissal, Knight would go on to coach at Texas Tech University for almost seven seasons before retiring in 2008. Afterward, he worked as a college basketball analyst for ESPN until his contract was not renewed in 2015. headtopics.com