Tag:Bob Knight
Posted on: November 15, 2011 9:34 pm
Edited on: November 15, 2011 11:20 pm

Mike Krzyzewski breaks record in ideal manner

By Jeff Goodman

NEW YORK - It was the ideal setting.

Bob Knight was courtside calling the game, in the world's most famous arena and with Tom Izzo as the guy on the opposite sideline.

Mike Krzyzewski made history in dramatic fashion on Tuesday night, in a sold-out Madison Square Garden, becoming the all-time winningest men's coach in Division 1 with his 903rd victory.

There was some nerves prior to the game by those in the Duke camp, whether Coach K would break his mentor's mark on Tuesday. Michigan State may not be a Top 25 team, but the Spartans are from from a cupcake. And if Coach K is regarded as the top active coach, Izzo isn't all that far behind.

The next opponent -- if Duke was unable to get past Michigan State - was Davidson at home on Friday night.

But now, with the help of Andre Dawkins' 26 points, it's over - and Krzyzewski can focus on the task of trying to get this Blue Devils team to where they are a legitimate Final Four contender.

And he can also pile on the victories.

He's probably good for at least another 27 this season -- which brings him to 930. Let's give him another five seasons - at about 27 per season - which would put him at in excess of 1,050.

That's a difficult number to chase.

One that may never fall.

Photo: AP
Posted on: November 12, 2011 6:37 pm
Edited on: November 12, 2011 6:42 pm

Krzyzewski ties Knight record with Saturday's win

By Jeff Goodman

It couldn't have set up any better.

Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski will go into Tuesday night's Champions Classic - a three-year round-robin event that also includes national powers Kentucky, Kansas and Michigan State - with an opportunity to make history.

With a victory at Madison Square Garden against Michigan State, Coach K will become the NCAA Division 1 all-time winningest coach.

Krzyzewski, whose team suffered a close call on Friday night in a one-point win over Belmont, tied Bob Knight's record of 902 on Saturday afternoon with a convincing win over Presbyterian.

Now he'll have a chance to make history with a win over Michigan State and another future Hall of Famer, Tom Izzo.

While Izzo's Spartans aren't ranked and are coming off a loss to top-ranked North Carolina at the Carrier Classic on Friday, this isn't exactly a layup for Coach K and the Blue Devils.

Krzyzewski will have a chance to break his old coach's mark in New York City with the nation watching. If it doesn't happen, it'll likely occur at home against Davidson four days later.

It's inevitable, but it would be cool for him to do it on Tuesday night in an event that was created to give a much-needed jolt to the start of the college basketball season.

The 64-year-old Krzyzewski, whose career mark is 902-284, has a chance to shatter the record if he goes another five or so years - as many close to him expect to be the case.

"He wants to put it out of reach," said one Coach K confidant.

Coach K moved into exclusive company - one that includes only John Wooden and Adolph Rupp - when he won his fourth national title a couple years ago.

He won't ever catch Wooden's 10 national championships, but the same may be said for his win total - when K ultimately decides to call it a career.

Photo: AP
Posted on: October 10, 2011 1:43 pm

Crean wants Bob Knight to make return to Indiana

By Matt Norlander

For Indiana, the upcoming basketball year signifies something special: the 25th anniversary of the '87 title team. It's the squad that won a championship in one of the most dramatic ways in the sport's history, thanks to Keith Smart's floating 17-footer in the closing seconds against Syracuse in the Superdome. It's also the last Indiana team to win a national championship in men's basketball.

That group was coached, of course, by Bob Knight, who won three titles for the cream and crimson in his 29 seasons there.

The school plans to honor that team at some point this year. The details and dates have not been finalized yet. As of now, there are no plans for Knight to return to campus and partake in the celebration. Current Hoosiers coach Tom Crean would love to change that.

"I would hope Bob Knight knows he has a 365-day invitation to come back," Crean said by phone. "For him to come back, that’s totally up to him. I wouldn’t hesitate in welcoming him back -- there's no question about that. And if we knew he was coming back, I’d be running out there opening the doors.”

Crean has coached Indiana since 2008. He was insistent about his willingness and eagerness to bring Knight back to the place that embraced him, faults and all, throughout his dramatic coaching tenure in Bloomington.

Ever since Knight was fired in 2000 by former Indiana president Myles Brand, a frost has thickened between he and the school. Two years ago, a dispute over $75,000 owed to Knight by the Indiana University only emphasized the schism between the Hall of Fame coach and one of the bluebloods of college basketball -- two circumstances that may have never come to be without the pairing of each other.

Reunions aren't something Knight is allergic to. In January, he returned to Ohio State -- where he played basketball from 1959-62 -- for just the second time outside of his coaching career. Ohio State will honor Knight this season during a Dec. 20 game, when his son, Pat, coaches his Lamar squad against Thad Matta's Buckeyes.

As for Indiana, it's going to take much more than Tom Crean's open invitation to get Knight back to the school. But who better to blast the "COME BACK, BOB" message than Crean? In order for the '87 team to truly get its proper celebration at some point this season, the coach of that team must be there. For that to happen, egos must be inhibited, grudges tossed aside and Bob Knight, who will soon be 71 years old, needs to muscle up and bury the hatchet.

Posted on: June 29, 2011 8:41 pm
Edited on: June 30, 2011 10:13 am

Bob Knight set to be honored by alma mater

By Jeff Goodman

Bob Knight will finally be honored by his alma mater.

Knight’s son, Pat, told CBSSports.com that Ohio State will honor his father when Lamar plays in Columbus on Dec. 20.

My dad’s excited about it,” Pat Knight told CBSSports.com.

Pat Knight was the head coach at Texas Tech for the past three-plus seasons, taking over in the middle of the 2008 season after his father retired. The younger Knight was fired after last season, but wound up getting the job at Lamar in the Southland Conference.

Knight said that the previous staff had already scheduled road games at Kentucky and Louisville. He needed another “buy” game and asked the current players at Lamar what team they wanted to play.

They agreed on Ohio State, which also happened to be the program that Bob Knight played for from 1959-62. Knight was a reserve on the 1960 national championship team.

Pat Knight then called the Buckeyes, who agreed to the game – and also recommended honoring his father either prior to or at halftime of the game.

``They’d been trying to get him back up for a basketball or football game, but it just hasn’t happened,” Pat Knight said. ``So this will be fun, for him to go back and them to honor him.”
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Posted on: March 5, 2011 1:21 pm
Edited on: March 5, 2011 1:45 pm

Bob Knight's no-cursing-on-TV streak is over

Posted by Matt Norlander

When he was hired, we all wondered aloud how long it would take for Bob Knight's infamous sailor-mouth syntax to slip past the ESPN censors.

Though he did let out an S-bomb over the radio airwaves two years ago, it took more than 1,000 days for Knight to let loose an expletive on television. That much-awaited bleep bomb came this morning, when the Hall-of-Fame coach called a mock zone defense during a "GameDay" segment, "chicken [expletive]." Naturally, this has already caused waves in the blog world this morning. Bob Knight has sworn! Victory!

Thank Jay Bilas' affection for Twitter, as he gives us this golden exchange between Knight and a "GameDay" producer.

Bilas and Hubert Davis duck away in laughter, embarrassment and acknowledgment once Knight drops his three-syllable no-no off-camera.

(Vid via @bubbaprog)

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