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Ohio St. to induct Bob Knight into its Hall of Fame (Um, OK)

Jul 23, 2012, 9:01 PM EDT

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Bob Knight was such a good coach at Indiana, he’s going in the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame.

I’ll explain.

Knight, who won three NCAA tournament titles with the Hoosiers and retired as college basketball’s all-time winningest coach (his protégé, Mike Krzyzewski passed him last season) with a 902-371 record, was a reserve forward for Buckeyes from 1960-‘62. He was there when they won it all in ’60 and for repeat appearances in the title game the next two years on a team that featured John Havlicek and Jerry Lucas.

But he did graduate in ’62 with a degree in history and government, making him an alum. So the Hall of Fame created a “lifetime achievement” category this year, the school announced last week. Knight’ll be the first inducted under that definition.

So just forget about the whole Indiana aspect. The Buckeyes are claiming him as their own.

“Our basketball program is thrilled with this recognition of coach Knight,” Matta told the Columbus Dispatch. “I know being inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame this year is something that will mean a great deal to him.”

Knight is already a member of the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame and the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame. So what’s one more?

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  1. imforbigblue - Jul 23, 2012 at 9:53 PM

    Way to go honor a coach who used to hit his players choke them and throw chairs at them and make a ass out of himself every chance he got and he still does it. It got so bad IU even fired his ass but yup he’s sure great SMH

    • stlouis1baseball - Jul 24, 2012 at 1:07 PM

      So…you a Kentucky fan? Michigan fan? Or a Purdue fan with a different sorta’ handle?
      Gotta’ be one of the three. Either way…Coach Knight hurt your feelings many times over.
      At this point…turn that frown upside done. The resentment and anger isn’t good for you.

  2. dannythebisforbeast - Jul 24, 2012 at 1:42 AM

    Least he did t mistakenly hire a coach who likes boys

  3. Mostdiggity - Jul 24, 2012 at 2:14 PM

    Joe Paterno supposedly “knew” of abuse by his assistant Coach and didn’t act.

    The whole world has watched Bobby Knight’s abuse to his players, opponents fans (see Puerto Rico), dozens of Sportscasters and Reporters, and countless others… while he has misrepresented himself as some Holier Than Thou Saint because he got kids to graduate from college,,, a feat that many other non-abusive Coaches can say about themselves and their players. He’s had a free ticket to Libel and Slander anyone he wishes by the geniuses at ESPN (who also appear to loathe him). What’s next… the NCAA Bob Knight Sportmanship Trophy?

    • metalhead65 - Jul 24, 2012 at 2:43 PM

      so the word of a guard in puerto rico who wanted and got publicity for saying knight him is proof? how come none of the players on that team who had no ties to him after those games say they saw it? what about the guys who played 4 years for him? why have none of them come out and cried about the way they were treated? oh wait I forgot he is all powerful and still can control there lives today right? one phone call from him and they lose their job right?

  4. imforbigblue - Jul 24, 2012 at 6:38 PM

    No I’m a UK fan and as the school with the most wins in NCAA history and 2nd in championships and hold more NCAA records than any other team out there and defending NCAA champions I not one bit worried about some washed up bitter old man or IU the team he use to coach. Bob knight is a bitter old man who hates Kentucky because they use to give him the best down and still are giving IU the beat down

    • dexterismyhero - Jul 31, 2012 at 11:03 AM

      Should we just talk about your little Hitler Adolf Rupp?

      Didn’t think so. Moron.

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