17 Mar 2000: Head Coach Bobby Knight of the Indiana Hoosiers looks somber as he watches the action from the bench during round one of the NCAA Tournament Game against the Pepperdine Wave at the HSBC Arena in Buffalo, New York. The Wave defeated the Hoosiers 77-57. Mandatory Credit: Rick Stewart /Allsport
Good morning, Sports fans! Davey Mac here with a new Sports Report for ya! We’ve got a new World Series champion, NBA and NHL scores, and a preview of tonight’s NFL matchup! But first!
Legendary and controversial Indiana University basketball coach Bobby Knight died yesterday. He was 83. Knight led Indiana to three National Championships and his 1975 Hoosiers squad is the last team to go undefeated and win the Championship.
Bobby Knight coach for Indiana University mens basketball cuts down the nets to celebrate a big victory. (Photo by Getty Images)
He also was controversial in nature…and was eventually let go by Indiana University following a physical confrontation with a player. It was this intensity yet edgy nature that led to Knight being the inspiration for Gene Hackman’s character in the film Hoosiers. Knight himself was also featured in the movie Anger Management, starring Jack Nicholson and Adam Sandler, in a fun cameo.
26 Jan 1994: Indiana Hoosiers head coach Bob Knight looks on during a game against the Minnesota Golden Gophers. Indiana won the game, 78-66. Mandatory Credit: Gary Mook /Allsport
Knight’s basketball legacy is pretty sterling. Not only is he considered to be one of the greatest coaches of all time…but his protégé Mike Krzyzewski (who played for Knight at Army) went on to win 5 National Championships.
NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 15: Head coach Mike Krzyzewski of the Duke Blue Devils hugs Bob Knight after winning his 903rd game and passing him to become the all-time winningest coach in Men’s Division 1 Basketball during the 2011 State Farm Champions Classic at Madison Square Garden on November 15, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
All in all…it was a legendary career for Knight…who had his up’s and down’s…but his success on the court is inarguable. Check out 9 Times Bobby Knight Caused A Stir below followed by the Scoreboard!
5 Mar 1999: Coach Bob Knight of the Indiana Hoosiers signals from the side during a Big Ten Conference game against the Illinois Fighting Illini at the United Center in Chigago, Illinois. The Fighting Illini defeated the Hoosiers 82-66. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Daniel /Allsport