Steve Downing and Bob Knight Join IU Athletics Hall of Fame
Nov. 6, 2009
Bloomington, Indiana - The Indiana University Athletic Hall of Fame is honored to induct two of the most important names in the history of the men's basketball program, Steve Downing and Bob Knight. They were honored along with five others Friday night in a ceremony at Assembly Hall that was attended by 800, the largest crowd for the event ever.
The pair join former men's soccer coach Jerry Yeagley (men's soccer, 1973-2003), Katrin Koch (women's track and field, 1989-92), Joe Norman (football, 1975-78), the late Mike Rabold (football, 1956-58), and Alan Somers (swimming, 1961-63) in the 2009 class.
Coach Knight was presented by 2008 IU Athletics Hall of Famer Bob Hammel and Rabold was honored by his brother John.
They also will be honored at halftime of tomorrows football game with Wisconsin.
"I'm excited for this class because it's the first class since I've been the A.D., so I feel a little ownership with that," said Vice President and Director of Athletics Fred Glass. "I didn't want to be part of an induction process that didn't involve Coach Knight because I felt he belonged in the Hall of Fame. So I take a particular amount of satisfaction in that and then when you bookend that with Jerry Yeagley, you have the winningest coach in NCAA men's basketball history and the winningest coach in NCAA soccer history. All and all it has all the makings of a terrific class."
The Hall of Fame was established in 1982 by the Indiana University Varsity Club National Board of Directors, in cooperation with Indiana University, its Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, the I Association, and the Indiana University Alumni Association. Its purpose is to recognize and honor individuals who have made exceptional contributions to the achievements and prestige of Indiana University in the field of athletics and who have demonstrated the values imparted by intercollegiate athletics. Each year, a subcommittee of the Indiana University Varsity Club National Board of Directors selects inductees for the Hall of Fame. This year's class brings the current roster of IU Hall of Fame inductees to 164.
Facts on Downing and Knight
STEVE DOWNING: Won three basketball letters from 1971-73 ...Indiana and Big Ten most valuable player in 1973 after leading the Hoosiers to Final Four of the NCAA championship...was the first All-American under Coach Bob Knight... first team All-Big Ten in 1973 after averaging 20.1 points and 10.6 rebounds... averaged 15.1 rebounds in 1972, second best mark in IU history for season...ranks fifth in career rebounds with 889... played professional basketball for two years with the Boston Celtics and won an NBA title in 1974...served as IU Associate Athletic Director for 20 years... the Indianapolis native is currently a Senior Associate Athletic Director at Texas Tech.
BOB KNIGHT: Basketball coach from 1971-2000...career record of 662-239 at IU...coached teams that won 11 Big Ten Championships, a Big Ten record, and NCAA championships in 1976, 1981, and 1987...only coach in history to lead teams to NCAA (1976, 1981, and 1987), NIT (1979), Pan American (1979) and Olympic (1984) championships... last coach to have perfect winning season (32-0 in 1976)... coached 17 All-Americans, had 10 players win Big Ten MVP honors, and had 29 players who played in the NBA... Big Ten Coach-of-the-Year six times and National Coach-of-the-Year in 1975, 1976, 1987, and 1989... inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 1991... he is the all-time winningest coach in college basketball history with a 902-371 record (70.8) which was compiled at Army, IU and Texas Tech... after playing at Orrville (Ohio) High School, he played at Ohio State under Hall of Fame Coach Fred Taylor and was a member of the Buckeyes 1960 national championship team.
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