This past week, Bob Knight made an appearance and spoke at the Purdue Ag Alumni Fish Fry. The event sold out and was held at the fairgrounds in Indianapolis, Indiana. Along with Knight, his coaching contemporary and rival, Gene Keady, was also present. Purdue’s fish fry has been annual since World War II.
The native of Massillon, Ohio native, Bob Knight won his first National Title in college basketball playing for Hall of Fame coach Fred Taylor while at the Ohio State University. His first head coaching position was for the Army Black Knights after enlisting and became the head coach at the young age of 24. While coaching the Black Knights, Knight coached long time coach of the Duke Blue Devils, Mike Kryzewski. In 1971 Knight was named the head coach of Indiana University. During his time with the Hoosiers, Knight and the Hoosiers went on to a National Championship while also going undefeated in 1976 and still the last to do it. Knight won a second National Title in 1981 with the help of star guard Isiah Thomas and a third in 1987. In 2001, Knight took the head coaching position at Texas Tech and immediately had the team improving and making it into post season play. Over Knight’s coaching career his teams won multiple conference championships, three National Titles, a gold medal in the Olympics, and an NIT championship. Knight finished his career with the most victories ever by NCAA Division-I coach at 902 but has since been passed by his former player Mike Kryzewski and is one of three coaches to win a NIT Championship, NCAA Title, and a gold medal.
This past week the University of Purdue held their annual Ag Alumni Fish Fry and had guest speakers Bob Knight and Gene Keady. The event, as always, was a great opportunity to old friends to connect and was sold out soon after tickets went on sale.
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