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Bob Knight, powerhouse college basketball coach, dies at 83
In the first basketball game he coached, Bob Knight lost his temper and broke his clipboard. It was only a junior varsity high school game in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, but it wouldn’t be the last time that the objects and people around him felt his wrath.
During a coaching career of more than 40 years, Mr. Knight was one of the most complicated and polarizing figures in sports.
He was, by any measure, one of the most successful coaches in basketball history. At Indiana University, he led his team to three national championships, including in 1976, when his Hoosiers had the last undefeated season in men’s college basketball.
He was named the national coach of the year four times and led the U.S. men’s team to an Olympic gold medal in 1984. When he won his 880th game in 2007, he overtook Dean Smith of the University of North Carolina as the winningest men’s college coach in history.
But victory never seemed to be enough for the mercurial Mr. Knight, who was 83 when he died Nov. 1 at his home in Bloomington, Ind. His family announced the death in a statement but did not cite a cause.
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