Bob Knight Indiana coach Bob Knight celebrates the Hoosiers’ 1987 NCAA regional championship with Steve Alford (12) and CBS broadcasters Billy Packer, left, and Brent Musburger. Bob Knight Old Images 87 Knight Alford

Legendary college basketball coach Bob Knight passed away Wednesday. He was 83 years old.

Knight’s company, Knight Legacy, announced his passing. “Thoughts and prayers to the Knight family as legendary Coach Bob Knight passed away today at 83.”

Knight had a celebrated run coaching basketball, especially at the University of Indiana. There, Knight won three NCAA Championships. In 1976, Knight’s Hoosiers went undefeated, the last college basketball team to achieve that historic feat. IU also won championships in 1981 and 1987, a year best remembered for the heroics of Hoosier legend Keith Smart.

Knight also brought IU to the Final Four five times: 1973, 1976, 1981, and 1987. The Hoosiers won 11 Big Ten regular-season championships under Knight, who won the conference’s Coach of the Year award five times in his career.

In 1991, he was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame. Then, in 2006, he was inducted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame. In addition to his successes at IU, Knight also led Team USA to the gold medal in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games.

As a player at Ohio State, Knight won the NCAA Championship in 1960.

Knight’s career in coaching took him to Texas Tech after 30 seasons in Bloomington. The Red Raiders made four NCAA Tournament appearances under the legendary Knight, making it to the Sweet 16 in 2005.

No discussion without Knight can be complete without years of stirred controversy on the court, at the podium, and on TV, among other places.

Nevertheless, Bob Knight leaves the world as one of the most prominent, visible, and legendary figures in college basketball and sports. He was a luminary figure in the sports world, and after his passing, many took the time to extend their condolences with tributes and posts following the news of his passing.

[Bob Knight Legacy]

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