17 Famous Bobby Knight Quotes

17 Famous Bobby Knight Quotes

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Robert Montgomery “Bobby” Knight is a world famous college basketball coach. He won a record breaking 902 NCAA men’s college basketball games during his career. He coached at multiple universities around the country including Indiana Hoosiers, Texas Tech, and Army. He led his teams to championships and tournaments nearly every year. He is now retired at works part time for ESPN as a commentator.

“All the years I coached, we sent a card to every professor for each kid I had, and I was able to keep track on a daily basis who cut class or who was dropping a grade average. What I did was bring that kid in at 5:00 in the morning, and he would run the stairs from the bottom to the top until I told him to quit.”

“As his team prepares, a coach’s entire being must be concentrated on winning games.”

“I don’t have to wait until the next morning to regret something I did that was kinda dumb.”

“I don’t intend to retire.”

“I have always maintained that in basketball the importance of the mental to the physical is about four to one.”

“I think that it’s perhaps harder to learn from victory than it is from defeat. I think that we don’t want defeat. We don’t want defeat in sport. We don’t want defeat in life. How are we going to be beaten? All right. We have to deal with those things. What’s going to cause us to lose the game, whatever the game might be?”

“I think that we as a people are always prone to think about, well, tomorrow will be a better day. Well, why will it be a better day? And I think the more that we believe in doing things better, doing the right thing rather than hoping that that’s going to happen, let’s make it happen.”

“If I came in to recruit your son, I would tell you, your wife, and your son, that I will be the most demanding coach your son can play for.”

“I’m an unemployed teacher right now and I’m looking for a place to teach.”

“It is better to anticipate than to react.”

“I’ve always felt that, you know, the Almighty has a lot of things to do other than help my basketball team.”

“I’ve never predicted anything. All I have ever said is, that we will do the very best we can.”

“Mental toughness is to physical as four is to one.”

“My dad was a very quiet person, and unbelievably tough. But my grandmother gave me my first look at negative thinking to bring about positive results. When I was just a little guy, anytime I came to my grandmother and said I wish for this or that, Grandma would say, ‘If wishes were horses, beggars would ride.’”

“The key is not the will to win… everybody has that. It is the will to prepare to win that is important.”

“The will to succeed is important, but what’s more important is the will to prepare.”

“When I first started coaching, one of the worst things that I think I heard was ‘It will be O.K.’ I would wonder, ‘How the hell is it going to be O.K.?’ The worst word in the English language is ‘hope.’”