NYTimes: “Bobby Knight, Basketball Coach Known for Trophies and Tantrums, Dies

Greggory W. Morris
2 min readNov 1, 2023

NYT full story is below my recollection of the day that Bobby went slam-dunking berserk. There was this Cornell vs. Army showdown at West Point when I was an assistant Big Red b-ball coach (we’re talking a long time ago) and I missed the game because my head coach at the time, Jerry Lace, had sent me out on a scouting trip of another foe.

Army won the game that day but Knight was in a rage, as I was told by Lace, because Cornell slowed the game down to a stall. Knight, seething, chased the head coach and the assistant head coach into the locker room where they had to bar the door.

NY Times Story Follows

Bobby Knight, one of college basketball’s signature coaches and a singular personality renowned for his tempestuousness and hubris, qualities that helped bring him to the pinnacle of his sport and also tainted his success, died on Wednesday at his home in Bloomington, Ind. He was 83.

His death was announced in a statement on his website. It did not give a cause.

Mercurial and volatile, Knight was among the most polarizing characters in American sports. He was a brilliant coach who sought out intelligent players, deployed a ferocious man-to-man defense, extolled the virtues of precision passing and preached the necessities of boxing out, rebounding and never-ending hustle. Known as a principled perfectionist and a master teacher, he was also a driven competitor for whom losing was agony and a relentless motivator whose chief tool, it often seemed, was the anger-fueled rant.

He began his coaching career at the United States Military Academy and finished it at Texas Tech University. He coached the American Olympic basketball team to a gold medal in 1984.

But he found fame, glory and notoriety at Indiana University, where he was head coach for 29 years. An animated courtside stalker in a Hoosier-red sweater who became a statewide celebrity in a basketball-mad state, he raised the Indiana program to the national top tier while upholding academic standards — most of his players graduated — and avoiding the pay-for-play recruitment scandals that bedeviled many other schools.

A full obituary will follow. Originally published at https://www.nytimes.com on November 1, 2023.

Planning to recall the Bobby blowup for a memoir — Gregg W. Morris

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Greggory W. Morris

Award Winning Assistant J-Professor, Hunter College/CUNY. Author, Writer. Blogs at blog.hunterword.com. Using Medium.com to test-drive writing projects.