Bobby Knight public appearance, first time in a long while

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Bobby Knight public appearance, first time in a long while.

Bob Knight is back on Indiana University’s campus for the first time in a long while.

He was seen riding on a golf cart prior to IU baseball’s doubleheader against Penn State on Saturday afternoon.

IU’s athletics department was given a heads up of Knight’s intent to attend the baseball game and prepared for his potential arrival and visit but largely tried to stay out of his way beyond providing him a quiet place to watch the game.

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In a text message to IndyStar, IU athletic director Fred Glass said that he didn’t speak with Knight.

Bob Knight’s last public appearance on IU’s campus was when he gave a 20-minute farewell speech on Sept. 14, 2000. Knight declined to attend the 40th anniversary of the undefeated 1976 basketball team in 2015.

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Knight was at Center Grove High School Thursday night for a speaking appearance with friend and former Bloomington Herald-Times editor Bob Hammel. While Knight’s fiery attitude and wit showed itself, so did multiple memory lapses.

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“It was sad to watch,” attendee Brett Cripe told the Star. “To see someone who was once so vibrant and with it this way.”

Bob Knight’s last public appearance on IU’s campus was when he gave a 20-minute farewell speech on Sept. 14, 2000. Knight declined to attend the 40th anniversary of the undefeated 1976 basketball team in 2015.

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