Bob Knight to campaign for Delaware U.S. Senate candidate Arlett

MILLVILLE — Fiery college basketball coaching legend Bob Knight will be the featured speaker Thursday at a campaign rally and fundraiser for Republican U.S. Senate candidate Rob Arlett of Frankford.

The event will be held at the Millville Fire Hall, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Mr. Arlett, serving in his fourth year on Sussex County Council, is seeking the congressional seat held by Democratic Sen. Tom Carper, who has served in the Senate since 2001.

“Throughout his college coaching career, Bobby Knight was known unmistakably as a no-nonsense, results oriented leader on the court,” said Mr. Arlett.

Rob Arlett

“Since his retirement, Coach Knight has dedicated himself to supporting charitable and political causes which reflect his ideals and beliefs. I recall the time Coach Knight spent tirelessly on the campaign trail with President Trump back in 2016. I respect Coach Knight and President Trump for their ‘Get It Done’ approach in life. I am so excited to have Coach Knight attend our campaign event on June 14th in Millville and join our cause to reach out to all Delawareans.”

Mr. Knight, 77, won 902 NCAA Division I men’s college basketball games, the most all-time at the time of his retirement in 2008. His total has since been surpassed by Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski and Jim Boeheim of Syracuse. Mr. Knight earned the nickname of “The General.”

Mr. Knight coached at Army, Indiana and Texas Tech.

At Indiana where he coached from 1971 to 2000, Mr. Knight’s teams won three NCAA championships and one National Invitational Tournament title. After his coaching career, he also worked as a commentator for ESPN.

“Coach Knight has said it is the will to prepare to win that is important, which is why his support for our campaign is critical to lead us to victory in November,” Mr. Arlett stated in his campaign page posting.

“Coach Knight will undoubtedly electrify our campaign and prepare us for a victory over Tom Carper in the fall.”

Mr. Knight’s career was not void of controversy. He once threw a chair across the court during a game, was once arrested for assault, had several confrontational run-ins with players, and regularly was at combative odds with the press and media.

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The Millville Fire Hall is located at 33567 Atlantic Ave., Millville.

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