Knight My Story

Bob Knight with Bob Hammel; With a New Afterword

St. Martin's Griffin



Trade Paperback

432 Pages



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One of the most literate, candid, quoted, and outspoken men in American sports, Bob Knight has had an amazing career. At the heart of more controversies than any coach of any sport, Knight has always managed to come out winning. Here, for the first time, is Bob Knight's story written in his own words.

Taking readers behind the scenes for a fascinating glimpse into the life of a college basketball coach, Knight: My Story focuses on Knight's extraordinary basketball career, addressing both his triumphs and failures. Proving that academic responsibility and the production of championship college athletic teams can—and should—coexist, Knight not only revolutionized college basketball, but all of college sports. He begins with the most public—and painful—event in his life: his front-page dismissal as Indiana University's basketball coach after twenty-nine years of service. Knight counterpoises that moment of defeat with his later victories that would ultimately make him one of the most successful coaches in the NCAA annals. How could someone who was at the top for so long and inexplicably lose it all? Never before revealed, Knight gives us the details of the momentous occasion that would be the turning point in his career. He also gives readers insight into the brilliant strategies that went into each of his wins, some of which include:

· How Knight became the first man to play on and coach a championship team when he lead his 1975-76 Indiana team to a 32-0 season that was capped by an 86-68 victory over Michigan in the NCAA championship,

· How the Indiana wins in 1980-81 and 1986-87 made him one of four coaches in history to win three NCAA championships,

· His six seasons of coaching Army, during which his teams won 102 games and lost 50, and

· How he became one of only thirteen coaches to have won seven hundred games, and the only coach whose teams have won championships in the NCAA tournament, the National Invitation Tournament, the Olympic Games, and the Pan American Games.


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ONE:The Eight Greatest WordsFor the first time in thirty-six years, I don't have a basketball team.I remember very clearly the thought going through my mind that day:Only in America ...I'm a pretty appreciative guy, especially where my country is concerned. It's nothing I have to think about. I've always felt that way. In the summer of 1984 when I was coaching the U.S. Olympic team, every stop I made, every group I talked to, I mentioned the eight greatest words any American ever put together: America, America, God shed His grace on thee ...Through the winter of 2000-01 when I was speaking
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  • Bob Knight with Bob Hammel; With a New Afterword

  • Bobby Knight is seen by many as the finest basketball coach in America. His many achievements were honored in May of 1991 when he was inducted into the National Basketball Hall of Fame. He is currently coaching at Texas Tech University

    Bob Hammel was sports editor of the Bloomington Herald-Times for thirty years before he retired following the 1996 Olympics. He is the author of nine previous books, six of which were on Indiana basketball.