Bob Knight and Gene Keady both had long days on Saturday, but they received plenty of recognition and enjoyed the sport they love.
First, Knight made his long-awaited return to Indiana University’s Assembly Hall after a 20-year absence from the arena. He joined the 1980 Hoosiers basketball team, which was being honored at halftime of the Purdue-Indiana game on Saturday afternoon. It was the first time the legendary head coach had returned since he was fired in 2000.
Purdue legend Gene Keady was also on hand for the game in Bloomington, cheering on his former rival-turned-friend.
Later that day, both Knight and Keady made their way to Indianapolis to be honored at halftime of Saturday night’s Indiana Pacers game. Below is the video of the two being recognized during the game:
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Knight was a three-time national champion at Indiana in his 29 years with the program. He also led the Hoosiers to 11 regular season B1G titles. In over 40 years as a head basketball coach, Knight won 902 games.
Keady was the head coach at Purdue for 25 seasons, posting a career record of 550-289, winning 512 games as the leader of the Boilermakers. He also claimed six regular season conference titles during his run in West Lafayette.
Both head coaches were being honored as part of the state’s “Basketball Day in Indiana 2020” celebration.