Indiana sports figures reflect on the passing of Bob Knight
Hall of Fame Hoosier basketball coach Bob Knight has passed away at the age of 83. His family announced Wednesday he died at his home in Bloomington.
Many Indiana sports figures are sharing their reaction to Bobby Knight’s passing with them, all agreeing that he was a legendary coach who forever changed the world of college basketball.
Former Notre Dame Men’s Basketball Coach Digger Phelps said he touched the lives of everyone that knew him, especially in Bloomington.
“Bob Knight will go down in history as one of the greatest men’s basketball coaches ever,” Phelps said.
Notre Dame Men’s Basketball Head Coach Micah Shrewsberry gave his thoughts on Knight’s passing after the Fighting Irish's exhibition game. Shrewsberry, an Indiana native, said Knight touched the lives of many people, with Knight inspiring Shrewsberry in his coaching style.
“I just want to send my thoughts and prayers to the Indiana Basketball family, but really a lot of people in the state of Indiana. Every high school in the state was playing man to man defense and running motion offense because of Coach Knight,” Shrewsberry said.
Nicknamed as “the General”, Knight was described as intimidating, unapologetic, and a genius. The four-time-time national coach of the year led Indiana to 11 Big Ten conference titles and five Final Four appearances.