Knight pushes player's chin during timeout
LUBBOCK, Texas -- As Bob Knight moved one win closer to catching Dean Smith, his temper flared once again, when he used his hand to push a player's chin during a timeout, as if to make him look the coach in the eye.
NAME: Robert Montgomery Knight, born Oct. 25, 1940, Massillon, Ohio.
PLAYER: At Ohio State, a reserve on three Final Four teams (1960-62).
COACH: Three NCAA titles (1976, 1981 and 1987); 11 Big Ten titles; 875-352 record as NCAA head coach; six seasons head coach at Army, (1965-1971); 29 seasons head coach at Indiana (1971-2000); sixth season at Texas Tech; 10 victories shy of Dean Smith's all-time win record; last undefeated season by Division I men's basketball team (1976).
PERSONAL: Wife, Karen, a former high school basketball coach; sons, Tim and Pat. Hobbies: hunting, fishing, golf.
With more than four minutes to go in Texas Tech's 86-74 victory over Gardner-Webb on Monday night, Red Raiders forward Michael Prince was called for a foul. During the ensuing timeout, Knight approached Prince, and as the player lowered his head, the coach made contact with his chin.
Knight gave a brief statement at the postgame news conference and then answered one question before exiting the room. The incident with Prince was never addressed.
It was win No. 871 for Knight, who is five away from passing Adolph Rupp for second place on the all-time list. He needs nine more victories to surpass Smith for the most wins in Division I history.
Knight's career has featured three national championships, all at Indiana, and plenty of temper outbursts, including run-ins with players.
Forty-one years after he was hired as the head coach at Army, Bob Knight is poised to pass Dean Smith's Division I career wins record.
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In 1992, Knight kicked a chair on the bench while son Pat, then a player for him at Indiana and now his assistant and successor-to-be at Texas Tech, was sitting in it. When fans behind the team bench booed, Knight turned and responded with an obscenity.
He was accused of grabbing a player by the throat during a practice in 1997, an episode that was caught on videotape and created the whirlwind that eventually led to his firing from Indiana in September 2000.
Knight was fired for what Indiana officials called a violation of a zero-tolerance behavior policy shortly after he grabbed the arm of a student who greeted him on campus by saying "Hey, what's up, Knight?"
His most infamous moment came in a game against Purdue in 1985, when he threw a chair across the court after being assessed a technical foul.
Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press