Knight on verge of career win 800

Shown yelling at a referee in this 1987 game against Minnesota when he was coach at Indiana, Texas Tech coach Bob Knight is one win from 800. The Red Raiders play Texas A&M on Saturday.

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Published: Friday, January 31, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 31, 2003 at 2:10 a.m.

LUBBOCK, Texas - When Bob Knight had to clear out his locker at Indiana, his son discovered three balls buried under junk and stained by a soft drink.

Each was taped with a number - 500, 600 and 700 to mark the coach's milestone victories.

``I took them back to the house,'' said Pat Knight, who emptied the locker after Indiana fired his dad in 2000. ``He just threw them in the closet.''

Yep, Bob Knight doesn't like to make a fuss about all his achievements. But he'll soon have another ball to add to his unwanted collection.

Knight won his 799th game Wednesday when his Texas Tech Red Raiders beat Colorado. One more victory will make him the fourth men's Division I coach to reach 800. His first chance comes Saturday night against Texas A&M in College Station.

For Knight, the milestone only proves he's coached a long time, since 1966. As for wins with numerical significance, he said he remembers only No. 1. The others ``just never meant anything to me,'' he said.

``I've gotten upset when I lost. When we won, that's just kind of what I thought we were supposed to do,'' said Knight, who has won three national championships.

While Knight won't step back and ponder this accomplishment, his peers are happy to do it for him.

``Eight-hundred means you've sustained excellence for a long, long time,'' said Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski, who got his Division I coaching start as an assistant to Knight. ``I hope he gets a lot more.''

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