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Product Details

  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (March 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312311176
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312311179
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #147,001 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Knight was the basketball coach of Indiana University for 29 years before being fired in September 2000. Because of his fiery some would say uncontrollable temper, Knight has acquired many critics over the years, but he was a hero in Indiana, where his teams had many winning years, including an undefeated season in 1975-1976. With Knight's colorful background, it's surprising that the coach has delivered a mostly colorless autobiography. After excruciating detail about his days as a high school and college basketball player, Knight bogs downs his story with dry recitations of the highlights of virtually every team he coached. And to demonstrate that he is not some rogue figure, Knight goes to great lengths to describe the many friendships he has developed over the years. The combative Knight does not emerge until he begins discussing his firing. In Knight's view, his termination was the result of the personal agenda of Indiana University president Myles Brand. Brand's determination to remove Knight was hardened by the national media, which Knight is convinced was out to destroy him. Knight, in turn, loathed most people in the media (among the exceptions is sportswriter and coauthor Hammel). As an autobiography, Knight's book is disappointing; however, college hoops fans can learn more about the game from this book than from most instructional guides. (Mar.)Forecast: The book is due out just as "March Madness" begins, and the surprising success of Texas Tech (which Knight has turned into a Top 25 team) should only heighten interest in Knight. The book's publication coincides with ESPN's release of its movie, A Year on the Brink, which is based on John Feinstein's bestselling book and stars Brian Dennehy.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Library Journal

Those who think Texas Tech made a mistake hiring Knight to lead its basketball program and fans everywhere should hear Knight's side of the story about his firing from the head coaching position at Indiana University (IU). He has convinced this reviewer that he is much more a victim of plotting by IU's upper administration, fueled by the sports media, than of any questionable personal actions taken when Knight may have lost his temper. And, unlike some coaches fired for their responses at games or in practice sessions, the author's actions range from the throwing of a plastic folding chair across the basketball floor to alleged mistreatment of players, allegations later denied by those reportedly abused or proved to be untrue by other observers or via videotape. This is quite a tale, very well read by Robert Silver and with plenty to hold the listener's attention. It offers great ideas on keeping college hoops a means to an education rather than an evolving feeder league for the NBA. Highly recommended for sports collections. Cliff Glaviano, Bowling Green State Univ. Libs., OH
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

In college basketball, the name Bob Knight is synonymous with greatness and winning. He is among the youngest head coaches to have won 200, 300, 400, 500, 600, 700 and 800 career games. He was the first men's college basketball coach to have reached 900 wins and until recently was the only member of this exclusive club. When he was 62-years old, he became the youngest of the four coaches to ever reach the milestone of 800 victories. Coach Knight earned his 880th career win at Texas Tech on January 1, 2007 with a Red Raider win over New Mexico (70-68). Coach Knight completed his coaching career at Texas Tech on February 2, 2008 with a 67-60 win over Oklahoma State University and announced his retirement soon after.

A native of Orrville, Ohio, Knight is a graduate of Ohio State where he was a member of the Buckeye hardwood teams that won Big Ten titles in 1960, 1961, and 1962 and the NCAA in 1960 while posting an overall record of 78-6. Many of the Big Ten team records that Knight's Indiana teams shattered were those he had a part in making as an OSU player. After graduating with a degree in History and Government, Knight was an assistant coach at Cuyahoga Falls (Ohio) High School one year before entering the U.S. Army where he was assigned to assist Coach Tates Locke at West Point.

Bob Knight is the father of two sons. Tim is a 1986 graduate of Stanford University, and Pat, who played for him at Indiana University from 1991-95, is now the head coach at Lamar University. Bob Knight and his wife, Karen, were married in 1988. He is currently an analyst for ESPN College GameDay.

Customer Reviews

As good as this book is, he is very bias.
Basketball coaches will appreciate the snippets that Knight provides of "his" approach to basketball.
This is a must read for anyone that loves the game of basketball not just Indiana fans.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By "ducksquat" on April 6, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Bob Knight is a complex man. The media portrays him in one primary light. We all have formed opinions of the man based upon whatever the media spews and we're at their mercy to provide unbiased facts. We also know that isn't always the case.
I'm not writing to state that the words in Bob Knight's book are all true. What I am writing is that they seem to be his words. It's as if he were speaking to you directly. There are some clever stories in the book that demonstrate how the man thinks and feels and what he believes in. He certainly does entertain whether through his coaching prowess or in his dialogue. He's not flawless by any means, but as a reader who has enjoyed reading Jesse Ventura's books on his take, I would recommend this to be a good read if you want to learn more about Bob Knight's side of the story. He may be biased in it, and rightfully so because it's his voice. He finally gets a chance to have his opinion out in the public as the media rarely cares about his version. After reading this, you may change your opinion on the man and understand that he too is a mere mortal man. He just happens to be thrust into the limelight.
It's a fun read at most times. There are some passages where he defends himself that seems skeptical to me. However, I take everything I read with a grain of salt. Any sports enthusiast, or those who appreciate psychology, will likely enjoy the words he's been wanting to get out since the 40's. Those who are easily duped by everything the press spews might not enjoy the book. This isn't the finest prose I've ever read, but it is certainly entertaining and worth the money!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By John Standiford VINE VOICE on September 24, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Let's get my bias out of the way first: I like Coach Knight. While he has lost his temper at times, he is an honest person and a fine teacher of college men. The vast majority of players who have played for him claim that they are better people because of him and I believe them.
That being said, I can't get quite excited about this book as I can regarding Texas Tech's chances in the upcoming basketball season. While this book is full of many interesting anecdotes and stories, it lacks organization. This is especially true as you near the end of the book. Instead of following an outline or logical flow, the book jumps from issue to issue and story without logical transitions.
Overall, I would recommend it to people who are big Bobby Knight fans except that I would be surprised if there is anything in the book that would be all the surprising to a big fan. What I enjoyed was when he would share his opinions of other sports stars and coaches and even his opinions of political leaders. For example we learn of his friendship with Ted Williams and hunting trips with President Bush and Stormin' Norman but that comes mixed between some other topics that aren't as compelling.
There have been other books written about Knight such as Feinstein's that might not be as flattering but might be more compelling to read. I would recommend reading this book and one of the others and comparing them. It would make for an interesting contrast.
In short, I'll be rooting for the Coach again this season, but it won't be beacuse of anything that I read about it in this book.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By C. Baker VINE VOICE on August 28, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Whether you love him, hate him, or are neutral toward him (I'm in the last category), Bob Knight's book is a fascinating glimpse at his personality, his Indiana basketball teams, and college basketball in general. For Indiana basketball fans (I'm an ACC fan) and college basketball fans in general (a category I fit into), this is a must read. Knight gives a lot of detail about his Indiana teams, especially those that won national championships, and discusses his point of view on the state of college basketball today.

There are really two main topics that run throughout the book - and that is Indiana basketball and the controversies that have surrounded Knight - mostly because of his volatile temper. From a basketball standpoint this is really a great inside look at the college game and the Hoosiers. Knight's detestation of losing and lack of effort are part of what gets him into trouble because he is clearly a disciplinarian and expects a lot from his players and others involved in the program. On the other hand that is also why his teams traditionally have been over achievers. In my opinion, his success in college basketball has been mostly because of his coaching talent and getting his teams to play like a team instead of selfishly.

Even though in some ways Knight claims, and I think in a lot ways rightfully so, that a lot of controversies about his temper and clashes with players, officials, or others is a result of his reputation and are undeserved. Frankly, I do believe him on this account. And he does seem contrite about some incidents that are clearly his own fault where he's lost his temper. Some may argue that he is not apologetic enough or doesn't face his own faults in some of the controversies and I can't disagree with that either. On these issues the reader will have to decide what to believe.

But either way, this is highly readable and very interesting.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Eric D. Napier on March 10, 2004
Format: Paperback
If you're a Knight fan, you will love this book. If you're not, you're likely to hate it. Coach Knight recounts many of the incidents that have made him one of the polarizing figures in sports. Find out what really happened in his final seasons at IU. Laugh heartily at his tales of run-ins with non-fans from New Orleans to Puerto Rico. Observe his relationships with colleagues (Parcells, Larusa, Woody Hayes), players (Jordan, Thomas, Alford, Cheney), and friends (Ted Williams, Dick Vitale). Best of all, appreciate how he uses basketball as a vehicle for teaching character.
My only disappointment was his neglect of the reported friction between him and some of his former players (who I also admire) like Alford and Krzyzewski. I wish he would have explained or dismissed the media's fixation on these supposed grievances. Instead, he ignores it.
If you are disgusted by the deluge of recent negative stories from the sports page, then read this and be confident that at least one man requires his players study, behave, and play hard.
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