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Bob Knight

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Biography:

Sports Speaker Bob Knight is a former Men’s College Basketball Coach who amassed over 900 career wins with 3 different schools.  The 3 head coaching stops in Knight’s career were West Point, Indiana University, and Texas Tech.  He is most notable for his time with the Indiana Hoosiers where he won 662 games and 3 National Championships from 1971-2000.  Along with his championship pedigree, Knight was the recipient of the 1987 Naismith College Coach of the Year award and was an inductee in the 1991 class into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.  He also coached the 1984 Olympic Basketball Team to a gold medal in Los Angeles.

Knights 902 career wins were the most of any Men’s Division I coach when he ended his active coaching career.  Known for wearing his signature red sweater on the sideline, Knight earned a reputation as one of the most colorful characters in all of sports.  He frequently found his way into national headlines during his coaching career for both his team’s success and his personal antics.  Since retiring from coaching, Knight has become a part-time analyst and commentator with ESPN starting in 2008.  Knight is also responsible for one of the largest professional coaching tree’s in all of sports.  His protégé’s include Mike Krzyzewski, Steve Alford, Mike Woodson and Keith Smart.

In terms of media productions, Knight and Indiana University basketball have been the subject of multiple features.  A Season on the Brink by John Feinstein was written as an in depth look at the 1985-1986 Indiana Hoosiers Men’s Basketball Team, and an exclusive glimpse into the mind of Bob Knight.  The book was later adapted into a feature-film produced by ESPN where Knight was portrayed by actor Brian Dennehy.  In addition, Knight was featured in a reality TV show called Knight School, which focused on a the battle for the last non-scholarship spot on the Texas Tech basketball team.  He has also appeared in a commercial for Guitar Hero: Metallica where he acts in a parody of the Tom Cruise underwear dance in Risky Business. 

In terms of charity, Knight is most known for the $5 Million that he has raised for the Indian University Library System.