Bob Knight Hospitalized with ‘Acute Illness’

Legendary former Indiana basketball head coach Bob Knight has been hospitalized with an acute illness, according to reports.

An email sent to Indiana basketball alumni obtained by local media had the subject line, “Prayers for Coach Knight.”

The email said: “Dear MBB alumni, Please join us in sending prayers to coach Knight and his family.

“Coach Knight was admitted to the hospital Friday evening and is currently recovering from an acute illness.

“The family’s hope is to have him back home soon.”

The 82-year-old Knight was the head coach at Army from 1965-71, Indiana from 1971-2000, and Texas Tech from 2001-08.

His coaching record was an astonishing 902-37.

He won three national titles with the Indiana Hoosiers, in 1976, 1981, and 1987.

His legacy also extends to his coaching tree.

Knight’s former assistants have seen incredible success when they got their shot including Mike Krzyzewski, Don DeVoe, Dave Bliss, Jim Crews, Mike Davis, and Dusty May.

May made the final four this year.

He was one of Knight’s former student managers and coaches at Florida Atlantic.

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According to WDRB:

Knight coached the Hoosiers from 1971-through-2000, winning national titles in 1976, 1981 and 1987.

He was fired by IU in September 2000 and later served as the head coach at Texas Tech as well as basketball analyst for ESPN. Knight won 902 games in his career, which started at West Point.

He went 662-239 at IU, also taking the Hoosiers to the Final Four in 1973 and 1992 while earning induction to the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1991.

Knight, who turned 82 last October, has battled health issues since his return to Bloomington but did appear at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall for a reunion of his former players when the Hoosiers played Purdue on Feb. 8, 2020.

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