Bob Knight to lead off Distinguished Speaker Series

October 06, 2008

University Park, Pa. — Withnumerous NCAA and NIT championships and Olympic and Pan American gold medals among his achievements, legendary college basketball coach Bob Knight will lead off the 2008-09 Student Programming Association Distinguished Speaker Series with an appearance at 8 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 27, in Eisenhower Auditorium on the University Park campus. 

The event is free and open to the public but tickets are required for admittance. Tickets will be available for students — one issued per ID — on Oct. 13 and available to faculty, staff and the general public on Oct. 20, based on availability.

Knight, who retired from coaching in 2008, is the winningest men's basketball coach in NCAA history with 880 career wins. He has been inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, won the Big Ten's Coach of the year award five times and was selected by the Associated Press, United Press International and Basketball Weekly as national coach of the year. He was also honored as the first inductee in the Vince Lombardi Titletown Legend, which pays tribute to those individuals who possess the characteristics instilled by Vince Lombardi in all his players; teamwork, dedication, respect, love, family and discipline.

Tickets are available at the following locations and times:

Eisenhower Auditorium, corner of Shortlidge and Eisenhower roads, weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; HUB-Robeson Center, on Pollock Road, weekdays 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Bryce Jordan Center, corner of University Drive and Curtin Road, weekdays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., all on the University Park campus; and Penn State Tickets Downtown, in the Penn State Downtown Theatre Center, 146 S. Allen St., State College, weekdays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For more information on the Distinguished Speaker Series and the Student Programming Association, visit

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