In March of 2018, embattled former Indiana University basketball coach Bob Knight spoke before an adoring crowd at Bloomington High School South.
A year later, he returned to Bloomington and joined former Herald-Times sports editor Bob Hammel in the press box at Bart Kaufman Field to watch IU’s baseball team play Penn State.
IU athletic director Fred Glass said in April that Knight expressed interest in attending the game and arrangements were made. “My understanding is that Coach Knight was in town for other reasons,” Glass said in a text message then to an H-T reporter.
It may have been to house hunt. Property transfer records filed recently in the Monroe County Assessor’s Office 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 on July 2.
The 4,800-square-foot house has five bedrooms and four bathrooms and sold for $572,500. The selling price was $175,000 more than the assessed value, public disclosure records indicate.
After Knight was fired from IU two decades ago, he vowed not to return to Bloomington.
He became head coach for the Texas Tech Red Raiders, then retired from coaching in 2008. He and his wife, who once coached high school girls’ basketball in Oklahoma, continued living in Lubbock, Texas, also spending time in Bozeman, Montana, where Knight would hunt and fish.
During a speaking engagement at Center Grove High School when he came back to Indiana in April, Knight struggled at times and had some lapses of memory amid on-point and humorous comments. The hundreds of people who attended stood and applauded the 78-year-old former coach at the end, and the media reported he said that “the best days of my life were when I was at IU.”
This article originally appeared on The Herald-Times: Bob Knight moving back to Bloomington