Legendary basketball coach Bob Knight dies at 83

— one an undefeated season not since matched — and countless on-court outbursts, died Wednesday, according to his family.”It is with heavy hearts that we share that Coach Bob Knight passed away at his home in Bloomington surrounded by his family,” the Knight Family said in a statement.”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.

Knight was eventually forced out at Indiana in 2000 for violating a”zero tolerance” behavior policy by grabbing the arm of a freshman student who he said greeted him by his last name. It was the final transgression on a long list, which included his most infamous incident — throwing a chair during a Purdue game — and accusations of numerous physical confrontations.

What he did and how he did it made Knight legend. However, the influence and discipline he brought to coaching made him special. After his college career ended, he went into coaching, and was an Army assistant when he was elevated to head coach, succeeding Tates Locke. headtopics.com

He was a complex package and had a lengthy record of outbursts over the years. He was charged and later convicted for hitting a policeman in Puerto Rico, head-butted Indiana player Sherron Wilkerson while screaming at him on the bench, was accused of wrapping his hands around a player’s neck and allegedly kicked his own son (Knight claimed he actually kicked the chair his son sat on).

“I am very fortunate and blessed to have played for him. He made me a better man and for that I am grateful,” former Indiana star and current USC coach Steve Alford said.

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