Bloomington – Indiana University is set to announce on Saturday that Bob Knight is one of seven former IU greats slated to be inducted into the IU Athletics Hall of Fame this year.
In addition to Knight, legendary soccer coach Jerry Yeagley, Steve Downing (basketball), Katrin Koch (track and field), Mike Rabold (football), Joe Norman (football) and Alan Somers (swimming) are also set to be inducted into the group of all-time greats. The inductees are slated to be introduced at halftime of the Nov. 6 Indiana-Wisconsin football game.
While this year's class is an accomplished one, it's Knight's induction that stands out. College basketball's all-time winningest coach won three NCAA titles at IU, but his Bloomington stay came to an abrupt end in 2000 when he was fired by then-IU president Myles Brand for a violation of a "zero tolerance" policy. His exit resulted in not only a lawsuit for wrongful termination, but it also polarized the IU fan base for years.
After resurfacing at Texas Tech (along with fellow IU Hall of Fame inductee Steve Downing, ironically), Knight has remained estranged from Indiana University. According to the Indianapolis Star's Bob Kravitz, IU Athletics Director Fred Glass has reached out personally to Knight in an effort to bring him back to Bloomington for the Hall of Fame induction, and he's also reportedly trying to get in touch with Knight through former Bloomington Herald-Times sports editor and long-time Knight friend Bob Hammel.
Hoosier Nation will have more on this story as it develops.
Knight To Be Inducted Into IU Hall of Fame
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