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Bobby Knight is a former college basketball coach who played for John Wooden at UCLA. He coached the Indiana University Hoosiers from 1971 to 2000, leading them to three NCAA championships and eleven Big Ten Conference titles in 29 years. He has been called one of the most controversial figures in American coaching by’s Pat Forde and was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame which recognizes players, coaches, referees, and contributors not eligible for induction as players.

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About Bobby Knight

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October 25, 1940

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Hide Medal Record Head Coach For United States Men’s National Basketball Team Pan American Games 1979 San Juan Men’s Basketball Olympic Games 1984 Los Angeles Men’s Basketball:


I have as many good friends in the media as anybody in sports has. It’s just that I probably have a hell of a lot more enemies than anybody else. โ€” Bobby Knight

I’m not sure sports writing is an art. โ€” Bobby Knight

Writing was far more of an art in the sports world than it is now. โ€” Bobby Knight

You can’t imagine the number of people in professional sports who have come up to me and said, ‘God, you treat those assholes like I’d like to treat them.’ And my question is, ‘Then why don’t you?’. โ€” Bobby Knight

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I’ve always been a great fan of the state of Pennsylvania. One of the peopleโ€“one of the people that I admired the most in college athletics was Joe Paterno. โ€” Bobby Knight


Everybody wants to be on a championship team, but nobody wants to come to practice. โ€” Bobby Knight

I’ve always felt that, you know, the Almighty has a lot of things to do other than help my basketball team. โ€” Bobby Knight

A great way to test the conditioning of your team is the twoโ€“mile run. โ€” Bobby Knight

Victory favors the team making the fewest mistakes. โ€” Bobby Knight

everybody wants to be on a championship team but nobody wants to come to practice Bobby Knight quote

When we’re playing a good scoring center, we tell our team that it is not our defensive man’s job to stop the center. It’s the responsibility of our perimeter people to stop the ball from going inside. โ€” Bobby Knight

During my 40โ€“year coaching career at West Point, Indiana and Texas Tech, my teams reached the Final Four on five occasions, winning the national championship three times. โ€” Bobby Knight


If I came in to recruit your son, I would tell you, your wife, and your son, that I will be the most demanding coach your son can play for. โ€” Bobby Knight

A coach should never be afraid to ask questions of anyone he could learn from. โ€” Bobby Knight

To be as good as it can be, a team has to buy into what you as the coach are doing. They have to feel you’re a part of them and they’re a part of you. โ€” Bobby Knight

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I would rather be thought of as a teacher than a coach. โ€” Bobby Knight

There are as many guys in coaching who do a lousy job as there are in the media. Those are two professions that are a lot alike. There aren’t a hell of a lot of really good coaches or writers. โ€” Bobby Knight

Son, my name isn’t Knight to you, it’s coach Knight or it’s Mr. Knight. I don’t call people by their last name and neither should you. โ€” Bobby Knight

Well, I think it’s pretty much established that I just didn’t have any interest in coaching in the pros. โ€” Bobby Knight


Do what needs to be done, when it needs to be done the best way it can be done, and do it that way every time. โ€” Bobby Knight

learn to do things right and then do them right every time Bobby Knight quote

Learn to do things right and then do them right every time. โ€” Bobby Knight

Discipline is knowing what to do. Knowing when to do it. Doing it to the best of your abilities. Doing it that way every single time. โ€” Bobby Knight

I don’t understand the NBA in that, each time they bring in a oneโ€“andโ€“done kid, they have to release a veteran player on a roster. I don’t understand why their players association condones that. โ€” Bobby Knight

When my time on earth is done and my activities here are past, I want them to bury me upside down, so my critics can kiss my ass. โ€” Bobby Knight


Basketball may have been invented in Massachusetts, but it was made for Indiana. โ€” Bobby Knight

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I have always maintained that in basketball the importance of the mental to the physical is about four to one. โ€” Bobby Knight

Walking has been ridiculous in college basketball the past 15 years. โ€” Bobby Knight

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There are times when my passion for basketball led me into confrontations that I could have handled a lot better. I’ve always been too confrontational, especially when I know I’m right. โ€” Bobby Knight

From my standpoint, I would make it very difficult on the NBA to even have any association with college basketball. I think it’s ludicrous the way they take kids away that are certainly not prepared to play. โ€” Bobby Knight

Bs is just what it stands for, an MS is More of the Same, and a PhD is Piled Higher and Deeper. โ€” Bobby Knight

walking has been ridiculous in college basketball the past 15 years Bobby Knight quote

You play ball against yourself; your opponent is your potential. โ€” Bobby Knight


You don’t play against opponents, you play against the game of basketball. โ€” Bobby Knight

We just got our ass beat by a much better team. It happens once in a while. Does every team win every game? โ€” Bobby Knight

Basketball is a full court game, so every drill must be done full court. โ€” Bobby Knight

As his team prepares, a coach’s entire being must be concentrated on winning games. โ€” Bobby Knight

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I just love the game of basketball so much. The game! I don’t need the 18,000 people screaming and all the peripheral things. To me, the most enjoyable part is the practice and preparation. โ€” Bobby Knight

What is the best thing you can do in a close game? Drive to the basket and put pressure on the defense! Not jack up jump shots โ€” Bobby Knight

So when I hear a guy after a gameโ€“winning home run say or gesture that God was on his side, I think to myself, ‘He’s saying God screwed the pitcher. โ€” Bobby Knight

I hate casual shooting. Every shot is preceded by working to get open and catch and shoot under game like conditions โ€” Bobby Knight


When somebody asks about the greatest players in history, I start with Bill Russell. More than the best player is the MVP, and the MVP in the history of team sports is Bill Russell. โ€” Bobby Knight

Players must be able to carry out simple instructions from the bench to the court. If they can’t, then they can’t play โ€” Bobby Knight

The goal is to make practice more difficult, physically/mentally, than anything your players will face during a game. โ€” Bobby Knight

My overall point is that ‘one and dones’ are not healthy for college basketball. I should not have made it personal to Kentucky and its players and I apologize. โ€” Bobby Knight

We should not have to push you to work hard, you should work hard because you want to be a great player. โ€” Bobby Knight

I learned at an early stage that the most important thing I could do for my players was to give them the tools necessary to beat their opponent. โ€” Bobby Knight

I’ve never felt my job was to win basketball gamesโ€“rather, that the essence of my job as a coach was to do everything I could to give my players the background necessary to succeed in life. โ€” Bobby Knight

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