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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: Apr 23, 2010
Posted on: February 24, 2012 1:23 pm
 

Pat Knight won Press Conference of the Year

He sounds like his dad.



Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: February 24, 2012 1:17 pm
 

Pat Knight won Press Conference of the Year

Well said, Pat.  Wish more coaches would stand up to this crap and hold players accountable.



Since: Nov 11, 2011
Posted on: February 24, 2012 11:58 am
 

Pat Knight won Press Conference of the Year

Maybe if Pat Knight was a better coach and leader you would not have these problems.



Since: Feb 23, 2012
Posted on: February 24, 2012 11:41 am
 

Pat Knight won Press Conference of the Year

It is nice to see a coach put everything on the table.  I am tired of the prototypical coaches press conference full of cliches and indirect statements.  I'm interested to see if this helps his team come together or if they completely fall apart.  Either way, it was an intertaining press conference.



Since: Jul 1, 2009
Posted on: February 24, 2012 11:26 am
 

Pat Knight won Press Conference of the Year

Not true tarheelsunc50,

True for the recruit you don't want in your program but Coach Pat Knight made a statement. If you want to play some serious basketball, team basketball, clearheaded basketball, the Lamar program could be the one for you.

He just made recruiting for Lamar a little more simple.  



Since: Oct 9, 2009
Posted on: February 24, 2012 11:26 am
 

Pat Knight won Press Conference of the Year

I disagree with the public vetting by a coach about his players.  Tubby smith is another good example of this coach, leadership, personal flaw.  If you want your team at home, work, or in this case college sports it is best to follow one simple rule: Praise as often as possible in public and reprimand in private. 



Since: Feb 24, 2012
Posted on: February 24, 2012 11:21 am
 

Pat Knight won Press Conference of the Year

I hold heartly agree w/ Knight,  kids have a sense of intittlement its all about me, well, that is just wrong, there is NO I in team, i say bravo kick them to the curb and get your kids  . the best coach in the country  ( k) dont take that mess and he is a winner.




Since: Dec 13, 2011
Posted on: February 24, 2012 11:16 am
 

Pat Knight won Press Conference of the Year

"These kids are stealing money being on scholarship with their approach,"

I'm glad Pat Knight said this. As a college student, there's nothing more frustrating than seeing peers on full scholarship put in very little work and it shows during a game. They're old enough to understand what they're being given. It's less important if they're winning, but if you're putting in very little effort day in and day out and making a mockery of the program, you should lose your scholarship.



Since: Jan 6, 2008
Posted on: February 24, 2012 10:31 am
 

Pat Knight won Press Conference of the Year

In other news, Lamar has just fallen behind Houston Baptist, Dallas Catholic Technical Institute, and Austin Pentecostal Community College in recruiting.



Since: Mar 17, 2008
Posted on: February 24, 2012 9:39 am
 

Pat Knight won Press Conference of the Year

I agree vwith everything in the article except:

"And I bet his problematic seniors have finally learned it."

Knowing this generation of kids, I doubt it.



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