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Pat Knight won Press Conference of the Year

Posted on: February 24, 2012 9:23 am
Edited on: February 24, 2012 1:26 pm
 
By Gary Parrish

Stephen F. Austin won at Lamar earlier this week.

The final score was 62-52.

"It was just a bad game," said Lamar senior Mike James, at which point his coach chimed in.

"OK, let's go," Pat Knight said while basically shooing James from the press conference. "You don't have a clue what it takes to win."

And it only got better from there.

Video: Harsh love

"I'm unhappy with these seniors," Knight said. "We've got the worst group of seniors right now that I've ever been associated with. Their mentality is awful. Their attitude is awful. ... To come into a game like this with no emotion, just flat, is terrible. It's unheard of. And I'm not gonna protect them."

And so he didn't.

"We've had problems with these guys on the court, off the court, classroom, drugs, being late for stuff. ... You can't do all that BS and then just expect to be a good team and win games," Knight added. "And if people have a problem with me being harsh about it, I don't care. I came here to clean something up."

Let me be the first to say I don't have a problem with Knight being harsh about it.

I love it.

I mean, I absolutely love it.

I talk to coaches all the time and lots of them hate their teams. They scout like hell, put in good stuff, then watch their idiot players act like idiots and screw things up. It's maddening. But so few ever publicly hold their players accountable. Tom Izzo will do it. Bob Huggins, too. But Pat Knight just took it to a new level, and if he's spent his entire first year at Lamar struggling to get the attention of the players he inherited I'm guessing he finally has their attention now.

So good for him.

I wish more coaches would follow his lead.

This is not the NBA, after all, where coaches are paid to deal with egotistical professionals. This is college basketball. And if we're gonna spend time talking about the so-called father-son relationship that exists between a college coach and a college player, what's wrong with a college coach holding his college players accountable the same way a father might hold his sons accountable?

Nothing, I say.

Pat Knight just made it clear to his players that he's finished covering for them.

I mess up, it's on me.

You mess up, it's on you.

There's a lesson there to be learned.

And I bet his problematic seniors have finally learned it.

"These kids are stealing money being on scholarship with their approach," Knight said. "They need to grow up."
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Comments

Since: Aug 24, 2011
Posted on: February 24, 2012 3:13 pm
 

Pat Knight won Press Conference of the Year

Wow, it must be great to ream out some amateur athletes in a press conference in your job that you got because of who your Daddy is.  This guy should win the butt plug of the year award in my book.  Why do kids of coaches get these jobs, I don't get it.



Since: Nov 16, 2006
Posted on: February 24, 2012 2:55 pm
 

Pat Knight won Press Conference of the Year

The apple doesn't fall too far from the tree. Pat Knight is an %$#@&#@, just like his daddy!

Bob Knight is one of the best coaches in the history of college basketball. He can be an @#$%&$# all day long, it obviously works.



Since: Mar 3, 2008
Posted on: February 24, 2012 2:41 pm
 

Pat Knight won Press Conference of the Year

Good press conference.  I'm always a sucker for a coach flipping his lid after a game, whether it be Dennis Green or Jim Mora.  My personal favorite was about 4 or 5 years ago when the Michigan women's basketball went haywire after a loss.  Enjoy. http://youtu.be/eyhcWvBpSfo</a&g
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Since: Aug 14, 2008
Posted on: February 24, 2012 2:35 pm
 

Pat Knight won Press Conference of the Year

Kudos’s...There is no such thing as bad publicity…That's
one of the best post game press conferences I've ever seen. He was right on so
many fronts.




Since: Nov 29, 2011
Posted on: February 24, 2012 2:26 pm
 

Pat Knight won Press Conference of the Year

Pat Knight's father once said, "You get what you tolerate".  Pat Knight has shown he gets that.  We can quibble about the best way to show his lack of toleration for the situation he's in, but notice, he's not criticizing his underclassmen.  The season is almost over for the seniors, but it's a good time to set the tone for next year. 



Since: Mar 13, 2007
Posted on: February 24, 2012 2:17 pm
 

Pat Knight won Press Conference of the Year

to Izzone;
it is really embarrassing to be a Spartan and read your posts; Izzo is a close friend and big suypporter of Coach Knight.
Maybe you should consider another handle, like BilasLover?? There's a soft, wussy-loving kind of guy for you....
GO GHREEN   



Since: Feb 6, 2010
Posted on: February 24, 2012 2:16 pm
 

Pat Knight won Press Conference of the Year

I agree With nebruk@wku. Anytime a coach has gone public it means they have failed. I rarely reprimand my children in public but at home we talk about the problem and non-violent punishment is given if necessary. Bruce Weber also made this same mistake. Luckily, there are better coaches in the NCAA than those two.



Since: Jun 11, 2010
Posted on: February 24, 2012 2:01 pm
 

Pat Knight won Press Conference of the Year

I remember in the movie, Miracle, Herb Brooks was quoted  "I don't want the best players, I want the right Players" maybe, coach Knight should think about this, when he recruits his own players?



Since: Jan 16, 2011
Posted on: February 24, 2012 1:25 pm
 

Pat Knight won Press Conference of the Year

@Louie...or maybe by saying this he is being a better coach and leader. Seriously, you can't expect the coach to be responsible for a player's actions anywhere but on the basketball court, unless that coach is actively encouraging his charges to skip class, use drugs, not work hard, etc.  Coach Knight is exemplifying personal responsibility, which is of paramount importance not only in sports, but in life. Kudos to him on this one. It's a message not only to this group of players, but to future recruits as well: if you're not going to hold up your end of the bargain and act like a child, you're going to be treated like one.  We could use more of this accountability in this country.



Since: Sep 23, 2006
Posted on: February 24, 2012 1:24 pm
 

Pat Knight won Press Conference of the Year

The apple doesn't fall too far from the tree. Pat Knight is an %$#@&#@, just like his daddy!


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