OAN’s Stephanie Stahl
4:56 PM – Wednesday, November 1, 2023
Bob Knight, the former basketball coach of Indiana University for nearly three decades, has died at the age of 83.
In a statement, Knight’s family said that he passed away at his residence in Bloomington, Indiana, after battling a long-term illness.
“It is with heavy hearts that we share that Coach Bob Knight passed away at his home in Bloomington surrounded by his family,” Knight’s website says.
“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.”
His family requests that in lieu of flowers, Knight’s supporters should donate to the Alzheimer’s Association or Marian University.
Knight spent 29 years coaching the Hoosiers at Indiana University, leading them to three national championships. The Hoosiers won 662 games under the legendary coach’s leadership.
Over the years, the public often referred to Knight as “the General”, referencing his extreme coaching methods and fiery temper.
He was known for his explosive anger on the sidelines of games and while interacting with reporters and the media. Despite the controversies, Knight never apologized for his methods that ultimately led Indiana University’s football program to be categorized as the best in the country in 1974.
Knight even held the title of “winningest” coach in NCAA history.
The record has since been broken by Mike Kryzewski, a coach who garnered his knowledge of the game from Knight himself.
Knight is survived by his second spouse, Karen, as well as his sons, Tim and Pat, from his initial marriage to Nancy Falk.
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