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Bob Knight expected to attend Indiana game for first time since 2000

Former Indiana University Basketball Coach Bob Knight sits

BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA, UNITED STATES - 2019/04/05: Former Indiana University Basketball Coach Bob Knight sits in the press box as the Hoosiers play a baseball double header against Penn State. It is Knight’s first public appearance at IU since September 2000 when he was fired as basketball coach. Knight coached the Hoosiers to NCAA basketball championships in 1976, 1981 and 1987. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

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Legendary Indiana head coach Bob Knight is expected to make a long-awaited return to Assembly Hall on Saturday as the Hoosiers host Purdue, according to multiple reports. He is expected to return along with members of Indiana’s 1979-80 team, who will be honored at halftime of today’s game.

The last time that Bob Knight was at Indiana’s famous gym was back in 2000, before he was fired after a 29-year reign as head coach. When Knight was fired, then-athletic director Myles Brand cited Knight’s “unacceptable pattern of behavior” that violated the university’s “zero-tolerance” policy. The last straw came after Knight grabbed the arm of a freshman student and cursed at him after the student referred to the coach as “Knight”.

This came three years after Knight was accused by a player of choking him during a practice. Video of the incident eventually came to light.

In recent years, Bob Knight’s name has been in the headlines for the wrong reasons. He was investigated by the FBI over allegations that he groped numerous women, he struggled with his memory at a speaking engagement last year and he has stumped for Donald Trump on the campaign trail.