The Bobby Knight Story By: Jeff Weber Bobby Knight ranks among the most successful coaches in college basketball history. He was born in 1940 through the present. He became known for his ability to teach and motivate his players as well as for his controversial outbursts of temper. Knight had become head basketball coach at Indiana University in 1971. Knight was the coach at Indiana University from 1971 until 2000, when he was dismissed for what the university said was a pattern of inappropriate behavior. On September 10, 2000, Indiana University President Myles Brand dismissed men's basketball coach Bob Knight, a Hall-of-Fame coach who developed a large following of fans during his 29 years at the university. Brand said Knight had repeatedly violated a "zero-tolerance" conduct policy established in May, after the university investigated allegations that Knight had physically and verbally abused players. Brand's announcement of Knight's dismissal came three days after Knight had allegedly held a 19-year-old Indiana freshman by the arm at Assembly Hall when the student addressed him in a manner Knight felt was disrespectful.
In 2001, Knight was named head basketball coach at Texas Tech University.
Knight's Indiana teams won the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) tournaments in 1976, 1981, and 1987 and the 1979 National Invitational Tournament. Knight coached United States basketball teams to gold medals in the 1984 Olympic Games and the 1979 Pan American Games.
Robert Montgomery Knight was born in Orrville, Ohio. He attended Ohio State University, where he played on the basketball team that won the 1960 NCAA championship. Knight coached the United States Military Academy basketball team from 1965 until he became head coach at Indiana University. Knight won 763 games and lost only 289 games during his college career. He know continues his career at Texas Tech University, only to add on to his many accomplishments.