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Bob Knight reportedly moving back to Bloomington


Former men's basketball Coach Bob Knight speaks at the event Spend an Evening With Bob Knight on Feb. 28, 2018. Knight returned to campus for the first time since he was fired in 2000 to watch a baseball game April 6. Ty Vinson

After former IU basketball Coach Bob Knight returned to Bloomington for his first-known public appearance on April 6 for a IU vs Penn State baseball game, speculation circled about whether or not Knight missed the city in which he coached at for 29 years.

His return made Hoosier fans happy, and now Knight's face could potentially be seen much more in Bloomington.

Recently filed property transfer records in the Monroe County Assessor's Office obtained by The Herald-Times show that a just-built house in the 1500 block of South Andrew Circle in the Shadow Creek neighborhood was sold to Robert M. Knight and Karen Knight, his wife, on July 2.

The 4,800-square-foot house reportedly has five bedrooms and four bathrooms and sold for $572,500.

Knight was fired from IU Sept. 10, 2000, after winning three National Championships with the program, along with 11 Big Ten Championships and 661 wins, making him the winningest coach in program history.

He was fired after violating a zero-tolerance policy that was put on him in May of 2000. Fans were upset and protested the streets, but Knight officially bid farewell to the program Sept. 13 in Dunn Meadow in front of an estimated crowd of 6,000 people.

He went on to coach at Texas Tech University in 2001 and decided to retire in 2008.

Knight declared his intent to never return to IU on The Dan Patrick Show in 2017.

“Well, I think I've always really enjoyed the fans, and I always will. On my dying day, I'll think about how great the fans at Indiana were,” Knight said in the interview. “And as far as the hierarchy at Indiana University at that time, I have absolutely no respect whatsoever for those people. And with that in mind, I have no interest in ever going back to that university.”

But after his public return on April 6, fans became hopeful.

In March, it was reported that Knight's health was in decline. In April, when Knight spoke at Center Grove High School, he had some memory lapses during certain stories.

There is no current update on Knight's health, but Hoosier fans can expect to see the coach that last brought the program a national title a little more often.

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