After avoiding a return for two decades and vowing to never step foot on campus again, legendary Indiana basketball head coach Bob Knight has returned.
Videos and photos on social media show Knight, 78, back on the Indiana University campus on Saturday afternoon. He was in Bloomington to watch the Hoosiers baseball team take on Penn State. It’s the first time Knight has stepped foot on campus since being fired in 2000.
Knight coached at Indiana from 1971-2000, winning 11 B1G titles, appearing in five Final Fours and winning three national titles with the Hoosiers. He compiled 662 wins in nearly 30 years in Bloomington.
Knight was fired before the 2000-01 basketball season for violating the school’s zero tolerance policy.
Great to see the 🐐 back on campus!
— Indiana On BTN (@IndianaOnBTN) April 6, 2019
Knight has had several opportunities to return to Indiana, particularly during basketball season, but has refused the invitations. The most notable declined invitation from Knight came in 2016, when the school honored the 1976 basketball team that finished the season undefeated and won a national championship.
While athletic director Fred Glass, then-head coach Tom Crean and several members of that team supported Knight’s return, the legendary head coach failed to make an appearance.
With Knight back on campus this weekend, it could open the door for him to finally make a long-awaited appearance at Assembly Hall. The national championship coach has said numerous times that he appreciates and loves the fans in Bloomington, but had no respect for the administration at IU.
Perhaps this is the first step to Knight appearing on the basketball floor at Assembly Hall again.