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Bob Knight joins Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame, set to receive “lifetime achievement” award

Bob Knight is set to take his official place in Ohio State athletics history.

The OSU alum and former Army, Indiana and Texas Tech coach will be inducted into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame this fall as the university’s first-ever inductee in the “lifetime achievement” category.

The award’s purpose, according to a released statement on Knight’s honor, is to recognize “outstanding former Buckeyes who have excelled in their careers after leaving Ohio State.”

OSU men’s basketball coach, Thad Matta, said Buckeye basketball “is thrilled” with Knight’s recognition.

“Coach told me personally how honored he was last year receiving the University Ambassador medal. I know being inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame this year is something that will also mean a great deal to him,” Matta said in a released statement. “Ohio State holds a very special place in his heart and this is another wonderful way to pay tribute to him for his career achievements.”

Knight, who was part of the OSU basketball’s 1960 national championship, joins 11 other former student-athletes, including current Buckeyes defensive line coach, Mike Vrabel.

Known by some as “The General” for his fiery demeanor, Knight played as a forward for the Buckeyes in 74 games during his career Columbus and averaged 3.8 points and 2.1 rebounds a game.

In addition to the university’s 1960 national championship, Knight helped the Buckeyes to NCAA title game appearances in 1961 and 1962 before falling short in both contests to Cincinnati.

In the course of his 41 years of coaching, Knight amassed a record of 902-371.

His 902 career wins ranks only second to current Duke coach, Mike Krzyzewski.

While at Indiana, Knight led the Hoosiers to three national championships (1976, 1981, 1987) and 11 Big Ten titles. Knight’s 1976 team remains the last college basketball squad to go undefeated with a record of 32-0.

His accomplishments, though, weren’t limited to just the college ranks. though.

In 1984, Knight won an Olympic gold medal as the coach U.S. Men’s Olympic team, which featured the likes of former NBA superstars Michael Jordan and Patrick Ewing. 

All 12 members of the class of 2012 will be formally inducted on Sept. 14. 

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