NCAA Men’s Basketball Coaching Mount Rushmore, Pt. 4

Bobby Knight

Bob Knight

The first men’s college basketball coach to win 900 games was Bobby Knight. Yep, the angry, chair-throwing Bobby Knight. Feared by some but respected by all, Knight was an intense coach known to get the best out of his players.

Nicknamed the General, he coached at Army, Indiana and Texas Tech between 1965 and 2008. Knight won 102 games at Army, 662 at Indiana, and 138 at Texas Tech, totaling 902 wins. Knight was the Big Ten Coach of the Year eight times and was the first to receive the Naismith Coach of the Year Award. Knight also led Team USA to a gold medal in the 1984 Olympics.

Though relieved of his duties at Indiana in 2008, no one can ignore the positive place he left in which he left the university. He turned Indiana into a premier program and the envy of the Big Ten. Knight took the Hoosiers to five Final Fours, cutting down the nets three times.

As polarizing and scandalous as he was, Knight’s players respected and played hard for him. Passing Dean Smith, Knight retired as the winningest coach in men’s college basketball.

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