Ohio St. to induct Bob Knight into its Hall of Fame (Um, OK)

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Bob Knight was such a good coach at Indiana, he’s going in the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame.

I’ll explain.

Knight, who won three NCAA tournament titles with the Hoosiers and retired as college basketball’s all-time winningest coach (his protégé, Mike Krzyzewski passed him last season) with a 902-371 record, was a reserve forward for Buckeyes from 1960-‘62. He was there when they won it all in ’60 and for repeat appearances in the title game the next two years on a team that featured John Havlicek and Jerry Lucas.

But he did graduate in ’62 with a degree in history and government, making him an alum. So the Hall of Fame created a “lifetime achievement” category this year, the school announced last week. Knight’ll be the first inducted under that definition.

So just forget about the whole Indiana aspect. The Buckeyes are claiming him as their own.

“Our basketball program is thrilled with this recognition of coach Knight,” Matta told the Columbus Dispatch. “I know being inducted into the Athletics Hall of Fame this year is something that will mean a great deal to him.”

Knight is already a member of the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame and the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame. So what’s one more?

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