November 2, 2023

Basketball Coaching Legend Bobby Knight Dead at 83

Bobby Knight, the college basketball coaching legend known for his fiery outbursts, has died at the age of 83.

Knight's family shared the announcement of his passing Wednesday night in Bloomington, Indiana.

"Knight was among the winningest coaches in the sport, finishing his career with 902 victories in 42 seasons at Army, Indiana, and Texas Tech," Breitbart News reported, including three national championships at Indiana.

"He also coached the U.S. Olympic team to a gold medal in 1984," it added.

"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 from his family 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," it continued.

Knight led both championship teams and top players throughout his decades as a coach. NBA legend Isaiah Thomas was among the top players under his program at Indiana, with many of the nation's top athletes playing under him during his time as an Olympic basketball coach in 1984.

His reputation for angry outbursts during games was what people often remembered, however, with Knight famously having been thrown out of games for throwing chairs or arguing with referees.

He would ultimately lose his job at Indiana over an altercation with a player before later coaching at Texas Tech before retiring from the game after more than four decades as a coach.

Knight's legacy is unmatched in college basketball, leaving behind a record of both wins and controversy that forever marked the sport for his generation and beyond.

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