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Coach Knight participates in pheasant hunt for disabled American veterans

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This time of year, it's common place to see orange vests moving quickly through the fields of South Dakota.

However, near Flandreau today, those in search of pheasants were treated to the sight of a much rarer bird. Hall of Fame Basketball Coach Bob Knight, who was here for a pheasant hunt to benefit disabled American veterans.

"I was happy to be able to come out here and help out. I have always liked the Dakotas and to come out here was a lot of fun," Knight said.

Knight, an avid outdoorsman, said he has always seen similarities between his two passions, basketball and hunting.

"There is definitely a correlation, between going out and shooting pheasants and wanting to shoot officials on the basketball court," he added.

The man known as "the general" retired from the game in 2008, with a Division I best 902 wins. However, he still stays active as a college basketball analyst for ESPN.

 "I am always interested to see which teams are going to be good this year, which ones are going to surprise," Knight said. "There are going to be some teams that are going to impress and others who exceed expectations."

And after 40 years of coaching, Knight is someone who is never afraid to speak his mind.

"I think the NCAA has hurt the pureness of college basketball over the past few years," he said. "Allowing kids to play in the NCAA tournament without even a grade point average."

In South Dakota, when you think of basketball legends, coach Don Meyer comes to mind. Asked about his contribution to the game, Knight said few have made the impact of the Northern State bench admiral.

"There aren't a lot of people who have given more to the game than Don Meyer," Knight said. "He works tirelessly in the game and his players are better on and off the court because of his efforts."

For Knight, his greatest hunt always seems to be for greatness in college basketball, Dylan Scott KSFY Sports.


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