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Legendary coach Bobby Knight passed away on Wednesday.
He was 83 years old.
Bob Knight, whose Hall of Fame career was highlighted by three national titles at Indiana — one capping an undefeated season not since matched — and countless on-court outbursts, has died. He was 83.
Knight’s family made the announcement Wednesday night. He was hospitalized with an illness in April and had been in poor health for several years.
“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 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.”
Knight became the youngest coach at a Division I school in 1965 when he broke in at Army at 24. But he made his mark in 29 years at Indiana, including winning a school-record 661 games and reaching the NCAA tournament 24 times in 29 seasons. Knight’s first NCAA title came in 1976 when Indiana went undefeated, a feat no team has accomplished since.
Donald Trump reacted to his passing by saying “The World just lost an incredible person, the Great Bobby Knight.”
He also discussed the impact his endorsement had.
The World just lost an incredible person, the Great Bobby Knight. He was not just an award-winning and record-breaking Coach, he was loyal to his Players, to his State, and to our Country—Tough as nails, but a big heart. When he Endorsed me, it was like the whole Great World of Indiana opened up happy and wide. Our hearts and prayers are with his wonderful wife Karen and Sons, Tim and Pat—Their Father was a great man!
He also shared this image: