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Bob Knight named Trine University's grad speaker

ANGOLA, Ind. (AP) — Former Indiana basketball coach Bob Knight will return to the state this spring to be the commencement speaker at Trine University.

University president Earl Brooks II says Knight's respect for learning and ability to instill character in his players will make him an inspiring speaker for the 1,400-student school on May 8.

The private school in Angola said Tuesday that Knight would also receive an honorary doctor of public service degree in recognition of his commitment to improving the lives of young people.

Knight's Indiana teams won three NCAA titles before he was fired in 2000 after a freshman accused the coach of grabbing him. He set the Division I men's basketball record for victories while at Texas Tech.