Time Of Knight

From birth to the record: Bob Knight, this is your life

Play by play of Knight's life
Provided by Orrville High School
While in high school, Knight was named '57 MVP.

Oct. 25, 1940: Robert Montgomery Knight is born in Massillon, Ohio. He grows up in nearby Orrville and played basketball, football and baseball for the Orrville Red Riders.

1960-62: Knight plays three seasons for Ohio State University. He is a starter in two games during his career and the ``sixth man'' on the Buckeyes' national championship team in 1960.

1962-63: Knight is an assistant basketball coach at Cuyahoga Falls High School in Ohio.

1963-65: Knight becomes an assistant basketball coach at the United States Military Academy in West Point, N.Y.

1965-71: Knight is named head coach of the United States Military Academy and compiles 102-50 record with high-water marks of 20-5 during the 1967-68 season and 22-6 in the 1969-70 season.

April 1, 1971: Bob Knight's first day as head coach at Indiana University.

Bob Knight, bottom left, was a letter winner in football as well as basketball at Orrville High School in Orrville, Ohio.

1972-73: Knight directs Indiana to Big Ten championship (22-6 record) and is named Big Ten coach of the year.

1973-74, 1974-75: Knight leads Hoosiers to Big Ten championships (23-5 during 1973-74 season; 31-1 during 74-75 campaign) and is named Big Ten and national coach of the year in 1975.

1975-76: Knight's Hoosiers, led by Scott May, Quinn Buckner and Kent Benson, go undefeated (32-0 mark) en route to the national championship, defeating Big Ten brethren Michigan 86-68 in the title game. No NCAA Division I men's basketball team since has gone undefeated and claimed the championship. For his efforts, Knight is recognized as the Big Ten and national coach of the year once again.

Bob Knight addresses his team during a timeout at the 1976 National Championship.

1978-79: Hoosiers claim NIT championship (finish with 22-12 record).

1979: Knight coaches U.S. national basketball team at Pan American Games in San Juan, Puerto Rico. One of his assistants is then-Texas Tech basketball coach Gerald Myers.

1980: Knight leads Hoosiers to 21-8 record and again is named Big Ten coach of the year.

1980-81: Indiana, led by Isiah Thomas, wins the Big Ten championship and defeats North Carolina 63-50 for the NCAA title, finishing year with 26-9 mark.

1984: Knight directs U.S. national team to the gold medal at the Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.

Feb. 23, 1985: Knight throws a chair across the floor during a loss to Purdue, leading to three technical fouls, ejection from the game and national attention.

Bob Knight, front right, starred on the basketball team at at Orrville High School in Orville, Ohio. He was named MVP in 1957.

1986-87: Indiana wins Big Ten and NCAA championships, securing Knight's third national title when guard Keith Smart sinks last-second shot in a 74-73 win over Syracuse. Knight is named national coach of the year after team finished with 30-4 mark.

1988: Knight becomes winningest coach in Big Ten history with 214th victory, a 74-73 decision over Purdue.

1988-89: Indiana claims Big Ten championship (27-8 record), and Knight is named national coach of the year.

1990-91: Indiana captures Big Ten championship (29-5 record).

1991: Knight is inducted into the National Basketball Hall of Fame.

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Isiah Thomas, No. 11, celebrates with teammates and Coach Knight during the final minutes of the 1981 National Championship.

1992-93: Indiana claims 11th Big Ten championship, establishing a conference record for Knight while finishing with 31-4 mark.

1995: Knight is selected Big Ten's all-time coach during the league's centennial celebration, and the 1975-76 Indiana team is tabbed as best in conference history.

1996-97: Hoosiers capture preseason NIT championship as Indiana starts 14-1 before losing 10 of its last 18 games.

1997: Knight wins 700th game of career with 70-66 triumph against Wisconsin. He becomes 13th coach in history to reach the 700-victory plateau.

Nov. 19, 1999: Knight's Indiana team helps Tech christen the school's new United Spirit Arena. The Hoosiers hold off Tech 68-60 before a capacity crowd of more than 15,000.

1999-2000: Indiana starts season 17-3 and then loses six of next nine. A 22-point loss to Pepperdine in the NCAA tournament marks the sixth straight year the Hoosiers have failed to advance past the tourney's second round.

Bob Knight was a supporting player on the 1960 Ohio State national championship team.

Sept. 10, 2000: Indiana President Myles Brand announces he's firing Knight because of a number of transgressions since the start of zero-tolerance guidelines handed down in May. The decision ends Knight's 29-year tenure at the school with an overall record of 763-289 (his record at Indiana was 661-239).

March 5, 2001: Texas Tech President David Schmidly meets with Knight in Florida.

March 9, 2001: Texas Tech announces that James Dickey, Red Raider coach for the past 10 seasons, has been fired.

March 15-18, 2001: Knight spends four days in Lubbock for official interviews, meetings with various members of the Tech community and to attend a Lady Raider NCAA tournament game at United Spirit Arena.

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Students show their support of coach Knight before a game at the United Spirit Arena.

March 21, 2001: Schmidly meets with Tech's faculty senate to address concerns about Knight's past behavior and a small faction of university professors who strongly oppose Knight's hiring.

March 22, 2001: Tech athletic director Gerald Myers recommends Knight, the only known candidate, to replace Dickey at the Red Raider helm. Myers' recommendation is endorsed by Schmidly, Tech Chancellor John Montford and the university's board of regents.

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Bob Knight is introduced as Texas Tech men's basketball coach in 2001 at the United Spirit Arena.

March 23, 2001: Knight is introduced as the 12th head coach in Tech men's basketball history during a news conference at United Spirit Arena.

Jan. 1, 2007: In his sixth season at Texas Tech, Knight passes Dean Smith with his 880th victory in front of a capacity crowd at United Spirit Arena.

Compiled from wire, staff reports