Bob Knight, a well-known college basketball coach, died at the age of 83.

“It is with heavy hearts that we share the news that Coach Bob Knight passed away at his home in Bloomington, surrounded by his family,” Knight’s family stated 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.”

“We will continue to celebrate his life and remember him, today and forever as a beloved Husband, Father, Coach, and Friend,” the statement goes on to say.

During his five-decade coaching career, Knight coached at three different schools: Army, Indiana, and Texas Tech. He concluded his career as a head coach with 902 victories, ranking him sixth all-time in Division I college basketball history. Knight coached Indiana to three national titles in 1976, 1981, and 1987.

Knight’s temper was another well-known trait. After hurling a chair onto the court during a 1985 game against Purdue, he was famously booted from the game.

According to ESPN, Knight allegedly choked one of his players, Neil Reed, during a practice in 1997. Three years later, he was expelled from Indiana for grabbing a freshman student’s arm for breaking the “zero tolerance” behavior guideline after the kid addressed the head coach by last name.


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