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The best and the worst of Indiana coach Bob Knight:

1971: Became head coach at Indiana after compiling 102-50 record at Army in six years, including four NIT appearances.

1975: Was a unanimous selection as Coach of Year.

1975-76: Upset over two turnovers, Knight grabbed sophomore Jim Wisman by the jersey and jerked him into his seat. Won NCAA title 86-68 against Michigan, the last undefeated season in Division I-A. Named Coach of the Year by the Associated Press and the U.S. Basketball Writers Association.

1979: Won NIT title 53-52 win over Purdue. Was charged, and later tried and convicted in absentia, for hitting a Puerto Rican police officer before practice at the Pan American Games. Knight was sentenced to six months in jail, but Puerto Rico decided in 1987 to drop efforts to extradite him.

1979-80: Playfully fired a blank shot at a reporter. A week later Knight and his wife took turns at the microphone and chided the Assembly Hall crowd for not cheering enough during a game.

1980-81: Irritated Purdue fans and officials by bringing a donkey onto his TV show wearing a Boilermakers cap. Later, in Philadelphia for the Final Four, Knight was involved in a hotel shoving match with an LSU fan, who said Knight stuffed him in a garbage can. Won NCAA championship with a 63-50 win over North Carolina.

1981-82: Ohio State guard Troy Taylor said Knight cursed him after he thought Taylor flagrantly fouled a player. Knight denied the charge and sent films of what happened to the Big Ten and Ohio State. Ohio State later supported Knight.

1982-83: Critical of Big Ten officiating, Knight stood at midcourt cursing at Big Ten commissioner Wayne Duke, who was sitting in the press box. Two days later, Knight assailed the referees for the "worst officiating I have seen in 12 years."

1984: Coached the United States to a gold medal in the Olympics.

1984-85: Tossed a chair across the court during a game against Purdue. Knight was ejected and suspended one game by the Big Ten. He later apologized.

1985-86: Received a technical foul for shouting at officials during a game against Illinois, then kicked a megaphone and chewed out the Indiana cheerleaders for disrupting a free throw by Steve Alford.

1986-87: Banged his fist on the scorer's table after being assessed a technical foul during an NCAA regional tournament game against LSU. The university was fined $10,000 by the NCAA; Knight received a reprimand. Won NCAA championship with a 74-73 win over Syracuse.

1987-88: Refused to let his team finish an exhibition game against the Soviet Union after he was ejected for arguing with a referee. He was later reprimanded by the university. Became the winningest coach in Big Ten history with his 214th win, a 74-73 victory over Purdue.

1988: In an NBC interview with Connie Chung, who asked how he handles stress, Knight replied, "I think that if rape is inevitable, relax and enjoy it." He explained he was talking about something beyond one's control, not the act of rape. The remark triggered protests and a march of about 300 people on the campus.

1988-89 Won 500th game with a 92-67 win over Northwestern; at age 48 became the second-youngest coach to win 500 games. Named Coach of the Year by the Associated Press and the U.S. Basketball Writers Association.

1990-91: Asked not to be nominated again to the Basketball Hall of Fame, calling the voters' rejection of him in 1987 a "slap in the face." Publicly feuded with Illinois coach Lou Henson, who called him a "classic bully" who thrives on intimidation. Selected to the Basketball Hall of Fame. Won 10th Big Ten title.

1991-92: Barred a female reporter from the locker room, saying it was inappropriate for her to be in there and against university policy. All reporters were subsequently barred from the locker room. Canceled the annual team banquet after a loss to Purdue cost Indiana a share of the Big Ten title. Playfully gave a mock whipping to Calbert Cheaney, a black player, during practice for the NCAA West Regional. Several black leaders said they were offended. Knight denied any racial connotations. He noted the bullwhip was given to him by the players, including Cheaney.

1992-93: Won 600th game with a 75-67 win over Iowa; at age 52 became youngest coach to win 600 games. Won 11th Big Ten title.

1993-94: Was suspended for one game after a sideline tirade in a 101-82 win against Notre Dame. He screamed at his son, Pat, and kicked him in the leg. When fans behind the IU bench booed, Knight turned and responded with an obscenity.

1993-94: Accidentally head-butted freshman Sherron Wilkerson during a timeout at Michigan State. After the next game, the Hoosiers' home finale against Wisconsin, Knight took the public address microphone and recited a profane verse directed at his critics.

1994-95: Was reprimanded and fined $30,000 by the NCAA for an outburst at a news conference during the NCAA Tournament. Miffed that an NCAA media liaison erroneously said the coach would not attend the news conference, Knight lashed out at him. Selected as conference's all-time coach at Big Ten Centennial celebration and 1976 team selected as best in league history.

1997: Won 700th game with a 70-66 victory over Wisconsin, one of only 13 coaches to win 700.

1997-98: Was fined $10,000 by the Big Ten for berating referee Ted Valentine, whose officiating Knight called "the greatest travesty" he had seen in his coaching career. Knight received three technical fouls and was ejected by Valentine during the second half of a loss to Illinois.

1999: Investigated for possible battery after he was accused of choking a man at a restaurant. The man reportedly confronted Knight as he was leaving, contending he heard Knight make a racist remark.

MARCH: Was investigated by the university after former player Neil Reed said Knight choked him during a practice in 1997. A videotape of the practice appeared to support Reed. Reports then surfaced of other confrontations. In one, a university secretary said an enraged Knight once threw a vase in her direction.

MAY: Was fined $30,000, suspended for three games and placed under a "zero-tolerance" behavior policy by the university.

SEPT. 7: Accused of grabbing a student by the arm and lecturing him about manners after the coach was addressed solely by his last name.

SEPT. 10: Fired for violating the "zero-tolerance" policy and for what university president Myles Brand called a "pattern of unacceptable behavior."