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Bobby Knight: No Interest In Indiana University

Last updated on Wednesday, March 6, 2013

(BLOOMINGTON) - Former Indiana University men’s basketball coach Bobby Knight says he has no interest in returning to the Bloomington campus for a visit.

Speaking to the New York Times about his signature abrasive coaching style as explained in his new book, "The Power of Negative Thinking," Knight said he didn't need a "hero's welcome" at IU, adding, "Obviously I don't have any interest in going back, or I would have, it's that simple."

Knight also talked about his upbringing with a strict father and a grandmother who frequently reminded him that wishing for things didn't get results. He says his father was a quiet man who didn't raise his voice.

The coach also called "hope" the "worst word in the English language." Instead of just hoping and praying for something good to happen, Knight argues it's better to have a plan and work towards your goals.

Knight holds a storied record in the annals of college basketball, with 3 NCAA championships, five National Coach of the Year Awards, 11 Big Ten championships, an Olympics championship and 902 total victories. He's also known for a high graduation rate for his players - something he encouraged, he revealed to the New York Times, by requiring players whose grades were slipping to do drills.

His final years at IU were marred by allegations of him choking a player and failing to control his notorious temper.

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