(RepublicanPress.org) – Born in Ohio in 1940, Bobby Knight grew up to play basketball at Ohio State as a reserve on multiple teams alongside multiple future Hall of Famers. But that’s not really what Knight was known for doing. After he started coaching the sport, his career really took off. He took over as head coach at West Point in 1965, guiding his team to over 100 wins. He joined the Hoosiers in Indiana in 1971. Sadly, the Knight family recently made a heart-wrenching announcement.
On November 1, the coach’s family confirmed Coach Bobby Knight died in his “home in Bloomington surrounded by his family” on his official website. The statement expressed gratitude for all the condolences and well-wishes from friends, fans, and loved ones but asked for privacy while the family grieves their loss. However, the note made it clear that this was a time to “celebrate his life and remember him” for the many roles he played during his lifetime — “husband, father, coach, and friend.” The cause of Knight’s death was not mentioned. He was 83 years old.
RIP legendary Hall of Fame college basketball coach Bobby Knight who has died in his home at the age of 83. pic.twitter.com/OBp0o7Ag6E
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The world will mostly remember Knight as a legendary college basketball coach with a clear passion for the sport. According to NPR, he had a reputation for his hot temper and stating exactly what he meant on the court without holding back. His fans referred to the coach as “the General.” Despite the issues that some people may have had with his approach — and some of his controversial words — the basketball Hall of Famer’s record could not be disputed. By the end of his career, Knight had over 900 wins to his name and was one of the US most successful coaches of all time. Sports writer John Feinstein featured Knight’s time with the Hoosiers in his book years ago, speaking with the coach after his retirement in 2008.
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