Bob Knight, legendary college basketball coach, passes away

Bloomington, Indiana - College basketball coaching legend Bob Knight, an outspoken and controversial figure who guided the US to 1984 Los Angeles Olympic gold, died Wednesday. He was 83.

College basketball legend Bob Knight passed away at the age of 83.
College basketball legend Bob Knight passed away at the age of 83.  © MANDEL NGAN / AFP

Aside from leading a US roster with future NBA superstars Michael Jordan and Patrick Ewing to Olympic gold, Knight coached Indiana University to national titles in 1976, 1981, and 1987.

"It is with heavy hearts that we share that Coach Bob Knight passed away at his home in Bloomington (Indiana) surrounded by his family," the Knight family said 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."

Knight once hurled a chair across the court during a game to earn an ejection and was fired from Indiana in 2000 after a confrontation with a student.

Over his 42-year college head coaching career, Knight went a combined 902-371 during stops at Army (1966-71), Indiana (1972-2000), and Texas Tech (2001-2008).

At the time of his retirement, Knight was the most sucessful coach in US college history. He currently ranks sixth on the list.

Knight, inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1991, also coached the Hoosiers to an undefeated championship campaign in 1976.

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