'The General' to Deliver a Commencement Address

The most colorful college hoops coach in history will speak at an Indiana school—but not in Bloomington.


Yesterday, we talked about former Supreme Court Justice David Souter's selection as Harvard University's speaker for the school's May commencement. With all due respect to Souter, there's a far more exciting commencement on tap.

Perhaps the most colorful sports figure in the past half century—Bob Knight—will deliver the commencement address at Trine University this spring, the Associated Press reports. The iconic basketball coach, who led Indiana University to three national titles, will speak at the Angola, Ind., school on May 8.

"Coach Knight's respect for learning and his ability to instill character in his players make him an inspiring speaker for Trine University's 125th commencement," Trine President Earl D. Brooks II says in a release. "He has not only lived an exemplary life, but has played a pivotal role in the development of many outstanding young people. His reflections on leading a life of impact and meaning will be well received by our degree candidates, their families, and our community, and we are pleased to host him on our campus."

The General will also receive an honorary doctor of public service degree from the small, Midwestern school.

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