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My Story

Bob Knight with Bob Hammel; With a New Afterword

St. Martin's Griffin

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ISBN10: 0312311176
ISBN13: 9780312311179

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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.


Praise for Knight

"If you care passionately one way or another about Bob Knight, buy it. You'll find it fascinating on so many levels."—The Hartford Courant

"In Knight, we see for the first time an appealing warmth and candor that offer a different side to the Hall of Fame coach, to one of the greatest basketball minds in history."—The San Diego Union-Tribune

"Knight gives his side of each story most significantly regarding his firing from Indiana last year. He does so with opinionated gusto not often seen in these politically correct times, although in these pages he does not appear to be the Neanderthal he is often said to be. The text is a lively read flavored with scores of anecdotes involving famous athletes, coaches, politicians, and other public figures with whom Knight has come into contact."—Library Journal

"There is a fascinating man hiding in these pages, a man whose multisided personality, startling depth, and undeniable intelligence may surprise many . . . both sides will come away with a better understanding of the man behind the often-vitriolic sound bites on SportsCenter."—Booklist

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The Eight Greatest Words
For 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...

About the author

Bob Knight with Bob Hammel; With a New Afterword

Bobby Knight has proven over and over again that he is the finest basketball coach in America. No other coach can cite NCAA and NIT championships, and Olympic and Pan American gold medals among his achievements. He is one of only thirteen coaches in college basketball history to record 700 or more victories. His coaching achievements were honored in May of 1991, when he was inducted into the National Basketball Hall of Fame. He currently coaches Texas Tech.

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.

Bob Knight