Basketball Icon Bobby Knight Passes Away at Age 84

Knight has 902 career wins, more than any coach in college basketball

by Sededin Dedovic
Basketball Icon Bobby Knight Passes Away at Age 84
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Renowned American basketball coach Bobby Knight has passed away at the age of 84, as confirmed by his family through a heartfelt announcement on social media. The Knight family's statement, while conveying their deep sorrow, shared that Coach Bob Knight peacefully departed in his Bloomington home, surrounded by loved ones.

"We are deeply saddened to share the news of Coach Bob Knight's passing at his home in Bloomington, where he was in the company of his cherished family," their statement began. "We want to express our gratitude for the outpouring of thoughts and prayers, and we kindly request that his wish for a private family gathering be respected.

Today and always, we will continue to honor and celebrate his life, remembering him as a devoted husband, father, mentor, and friend." Coach Knight's remarkable legacy includes an astounding 902 career wins, making him the winningest coach in the history of college basketball.

His career, marked by passionate intensity, saw instances of notorious outbursts, from punching a policeman to hurling a chair across the court and being accused of gripping players' necks with fervent intensity.

Coach Knight's impact on the world of basketball will be remembered for generations to come

Bobby Knight embarked on his coaching journey in 1965, commencing with a notable position in the military.

At just 24, he became the youngest coach in the top division, leaving an indelible mark on the basketball landscape during his 29-year tenure in Indiana. His arrival at Texas Tech in March 2001 followed his departure from Indiana due to what was deemed "unacceptable conduct." In September, he further extended his contract, committing to three additional years, which would culminate with the 2011/12 season.

In 2005, the reins of the team were handed to his son, Pat Knight, who succeeded him as head coach. Remarkably, Coach Knight never violated the regulations of American colleges, and he nurtured the academic success of his students, consistently achieving high graduation rates.

His commitment to his principles was evident when he voluntarily returned his salary on one occasion, deeming it undeserved—a testament to his unwavering dedication to the game and the young individuals he mentored throughout his illustrious career.

Coach Knight's impact on the world of basketball and his enduring legacy as a mentor, father, and friend will be remembered for generations to come.