There is nothing neutral about Bob Knight and that's just fine with him. He's held that position ever since he began his coaching career at Army in 1965. He led Indiana to three NCAA titles during nearly 30 decades in Bloomington.
Monday night, Knight surprised just about everyone and retired. He had been at Texas Tech for seven seasons. His son Patrick (who had been handpicked to succeed his dad whenever retirement came) took over as the Red Raiders head coach.
Knight's resume is filled with greatness and controversy. He consistently put IU in the national spotlight taking both superstars and role players and molding them into a cohesive unit that almost always played man-to-man defense and believed that there was a better shot if patience was used.
Patrick Knight said Monday that his dad was tired and was more than just a little relieved. ESPN analyst Digger Phelps, one of Knight's best friends, told NewsCenter 16 that Knight is healthy and likely resigned so that Patrick would not have to battle to keep the job at the end of the season when the elder Knight was expected to officially retire.
On January 16, 2008 Knight gained his 900th career win which is tops for all Division I mens college coaches.