Famed Army, Indiana and Texas Tech basketball coach Bobby Knight died in Bloomington, Indiana on Wednesday. The school later confirmed Knight’s death, announcing his passing ahead of IU women’s exhibition game Wednesday at Assembly Hall. He was 83.
Knight was renowned for his extremes — an irrepressible winning habit juxtaposed against a fiery temper — which brought him both fame and notoriety. Each helped define one of college basketball’s most distinctive personalities for his 42 years as a head coach.
Knight was infamous for his temper, which he directed at everyone including referees, administrators, officials and his own players. He was accused of assaulting a police officer in Puerto Rico in 1979, while coaching a US team there in the Pan American Games. His comments about sexual assault in a 1988 interview drew nationwide criticism.
And that temper was clearly on display during a golf video produced with Knight as the star. The outtakes from the video show Knight using multiple profanities after missing a number of shots.
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Knight, who enjoyed his greatest basketball success at Indiana, moved back to Bloomington in 2019.