Former Indiana University basketball coach Bobby Knight offered glowing praise to Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump Wednesday when he endorsed the billionaire candidate at a rally in Indianapolis.
Not only did he say Trump is the "most prepared man in history" to become president, he also predicted the Republican delegate leader would go down as one of the greatest presidents the U.S. has ever seen.
"You folks are taking a look at the most prepared man in history to step in as president of the United States — that man right there," Knight told the large, cheering crowd.
The popular coach's endorsement comes less than a week before Indianans head to the polls to vote in the May 3 primary, where Trump's chief rival Ted Cruz is hoping to earn a surprise victory. Knight reminded rally-goers that they have the opportunity to put Trump "over the top" next week.
"If you people will do this, if you will do this, you will be having our government take its first step toward what all of us want America to be like," he said.
In addition, Knight slammed political pundits for frequent claims that Trump "isn't presidential" enough, saying he doesn't "know what the hell that means."
"To me I think of Harry Truman. They said Harry Truman wasn’t presidential, and damn he went on to be one of the three best presidents in US history. [Trump] will at some point be one of those also," he said, adding that be believes "there has never been a more honest politician" than Trump.
Knight is highly revered in the world of sports for leading the Hoosiers to three national championships, including a perfect season.
Latest polling out of Indiana shows Trump with 40 percent of the vote in the Hoosier State, followed by Cruz with 35 percent and Ohio Gov. John Kasich with 20 percent of the vote.
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