Bob Knight Ties Adolph Rupp

Texas Tech coach Bob Knight has tied Adolph Rupp on the all-time wins list and needs just four more to pass Dean Smith for first place.

Bob Knight Ties Adolph Rupp Texas Tech coach Bob Knight talks to his team during a time out in the second half of their basketball game with Louisiana Tech in Ruston, La. Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2006. Texas Tech won 66-59.(AP Photo/Chris Graythen) Bob Knight shook hands with the opposing coach, put his head down and walked off the court. Victory No. 876, the one that tied him with legendary Kentucky coach Adolph Rupp for second place on the career list and moved him within three of tying former North Carolina coach Dean Smith for the top spot, didn’t even get a mention from the public address announcer.

Texas Tech’s 66-59 victory at Louisiana Tech on Wednesday night wasn’t followed by a ceremony. The thing that made it like so many of the other wins in Knight’s 41-year career was his usual gruff demeanor when he asked to comment on catching the late Rupp.

Knight reflected back on his playing days as a reserve on Ohio State teams that reached three straight Final Fours in the 1960s. “The thing I remember about Adolph Rupp is that one time I scored seven points against the ornery son of a bitch to help beat him,” Knight said, referring to Ohio State’s 87-74 victory over the Wildcats in the 1961 NCAA tournament. “That’s a lot bigger in my memory than this.”

You just have to love Bob Knight. Apparently, ornery SOBs win a lot of basketball games.

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  1. Triumph says:

    Knight certainly is ornery, but I dont think he was the big racist that Rupp was. Knight seems to piss off everybody.

  2. David Harris says:

    My father tells stories of heckling Adolph Rupp at road games at Mississippi State, and can attest to his “ornery SOB” status.

  3. madmatt says:

    Rupp Arena is the best place to see a college ball game ever….Kentucky fans are nuts!