Bob Knight has not stepped foot inside Assembly Hall since 2000, but that may change on Saturday afternoon, when Indiana hosts Purdue.
According to Tom Brew of Sports Illustrated, Knight is expected to be in attendance for Saturday’s rivalry game between the Hoosiers and Boilermakers. He has recently attended an Indiana baseball game and moved back to Bloomington, but still hasn’t been inside the building that made him a coaching legend.
Longtime Purdue head coach Gene Keady is also expected to be inside the arena for the game, as well.
Once fierce rivals on the hardwood, Keady and Knight have grown to have a close relationship since their coaching days. The two have attended speaking engagements across the state together and have also hosted events held by Purdue University.
Indiana fans have long anticipated Knight’s return to Assembly Hall, but he’s been reluctant to return since his firing in 2000. He’ll likely receive a warm welcome if he’s spotted at the game on Saturday afternoon.
Knight was the head coach at Indiana from 1971-2000. During those 29 seasons, he posted a career record of 662-239, winning 11 B1G regular season titles and three NCAA national championships while leading the Hoosiers.