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Bob Knight coming back to Bloomington ... but not IU

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Thursday, March 02, 2017 02:14 am

Remember Bob Knight, the guy who refuses to return to Indiana University? Well, he’s getting closer – geographically, anyway.

Knight will show up a couple of miles away, at Bloomington North High School, to give a 75-minute-or-so March 30 talk. He’ll be there with long-time friend Bob Hammel, the retired Bloomington Herald-Times sports editor. Knight will talk and tell stories and reminisce about Hoosier glory days gone by. Hammel will moderate the event and also tell stories of his own.

The next night Knight and Hammel will be in Carmel along with retired Purdue coach Gene Keady for another round of story telling. This is the second time Knight and Keady got together. In February of 2016, they were in Indianapolis for the Purdue Agricultural Alumni Association Fish Fry.

As far as IU, well, that might as well be on Jupiter. Knight continues to have no interest in returning to the place where he won three national championships, but was fired in October of 2000.

Knight, who now lives in Texas, occasionally makes it back to the state of Indiana, and even to Bloomington. He was at a book signing with Hammel in Bloomington in 2013. He also occasionally gives speeches around the state, and appeared with then presidential candidate Donald Trump in the state last fall.

Why Bloomington North?

Knight’s son, Pat, played basketball there.

About 3,000 tickets will be available, at $25 each.

Knight finished with a 902-371 record. For a while, he was the winningest coach in NCAA Division I history, although Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski has since passed him. He also coached the U.S. to the 1984 Olympic gold medal.


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