December 8, 2023


Belichick mentioned he discovered quite a bit from Knight, who was buddies along with his father.

Bob Knight. AP Photograph/Bob Jordan, File
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Patriots coach Invoice Belichick mentioned he had a superb relationship with Bob Knight, the Corridor-of-Fame school basketball coach who died on Wednesday at age 83.

He referred to as the loss “very unhappy” and that the previous couple of years have been powerful for him.

“I met Coach Knight once I was most likely beneath 10 [years old],” Belichick mentioned. “I’ve undoubtedly identified him my entire grownup life, he and my dad good buddies, and Coach [Bill] Parcells.

“So yeah, noticed a variety of Coach Knight,” Belichick continued. “Discovered quite a bit from him. Loved the time with him. He was a beautiful man and clearly an amazing coach, up there in just like the, what’s it? The massive 5 in basketball.”

Belichick added that Knight’s passing was a “powerful loss for teaching.”

Knight received three NCAA males’s basketball championships and made 5 Ultimate 4 appearances. He received an Olympic gold medal teaching the USA nationwide workforce in 1984.

He as soon as held the document for all-time wins in males’s school basketball till his protege Mike Krzyzewski surpassed him in 2011. Knight is now sixth on the checklist after Krzyzewski, Jim Boeheim, Bob Huggins, Jim Calhoun, and Roy Williams.

Indiana fired Knight in 2000 after he grabbed the arm of a pupil, which violated the college’s “zero-tolerance” coverage positioned upon the coach on the time.

Six months earlier than Knight’s firing, Neil Reed, who performed for Knight, additionally accused the coach of choking him at a observe in 1997. In accordance with the Indianapolis Star, Knight as soon as introduced a whip to a pregame information convention and mimicked whipping a black participant with a towel after Indiana misplaced the sport.

Knight leaves behind a fancy legacy that includes many wins and accomplishments. His habits in the end price him his job at Indiana. He mentioned throughout a 2017 episode of “The Dan Patrick Present” that he hoped the college directors who have been round on the time of his firing have been all useless. He returned to Meeting Corridor for an Indiana sport for the primary time since his firing in February 2020.

It seems Belichick, who met Knight when he was a baby, chooses to recollect the nice facet of Knight’s legacy.