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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 6, 2009
Posted on: February 26, 2012 8:32 pm
 

Pat Knight won Press Conference of the Year

This is a bunch of crap. Poor kids can't learn right from wrong? I was a poor kid, and my dad loved me, but he kicked my a$$ when I needed it kicked. I grew up pretty good because of it.

Your "cycle of poverty" is really a cycle of not disciplining childeren today. If a kid needs to be embarassed, or have his a$$ strapped, or told to shut up, or have his guns taken away from him, then we should empower those who can, to do it.

Now I understand that being "mean" or disciplining these kids is only one side of it. You have to love and support them as well. But giving them a free pass because of a "cycle of poverty" is just liberal media horses**t.

Who is giving them a pass?  Not I.  You said the problem with public education, not disciplining children - and I guess daddy did not do such a great job, as seen by your wonderful use of colorful language - but if you look at the students that struggle the most, you will more often than not find a household in which poverty has skewed values and made education lower on the ladder of success.  Can poor kids learn?  Heck yes.  I see it every day.  Do kids need to be pushed and held accountable?  Ding, ding, we have a winner.  However, publicly shaming his players might motivate them to work harder in the short run, but it teaches a darker and more sinister lesson, and society, ultimately, is a little worse off because of it. 

Liberal media?  Just a cop-out so you don't have to take the time to make a good argument.



Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: February 25, 2012 1:43 pm
 

Pat Knight won Press Conference of the Year

What dude in his right mind would want to play for this jerk? "Stealing money?" Come on Knight; we all know the ONLY reason you are even employed is because of dear, old dad and that travesty he pulled off in Lubbock by quitting midway through the season, leaving the school no option but to promote you. You sucked @ Tech and somehow get a gig @ Lamar and then you pull off this stunt. Somebody; the AD, an assistant, anybody should have whispered in your ear to shut up 30 seconds into this press conference. When you told that player to leave the podium was the beginning of the end for you.



Since: Nov 9, 2006
Posted on: February 25, 2012 1:42 pm
 

Pat Knight won Press Conference of the Year

Also, the problem with the public education system is summed up in one word: poverty.  This machismo approach of yours won't work if a child is too worried about eating or has no sense of what education can do because he is surrounded by a cycle of poverty.


This is a bunch of crap. Poor kids can't learn right from wrong? I was a poor kid, and my dad loved me, but he kicked my a$$ when I needed it kicked. I grew up pretty good because of it.

Your "cycle of poverty" is really a cycle of not disciplining childeren today. If a kid needs to be embarassed, or have his a$$ strapped, or told to shut up, or have his guns taken away from him, then we should empower those who can, to do it.

Now I understand that being "mean" or disciplining these kids is only one side of it. You have to love and support them as well. But giving them a free pass because of a "cycle of poverty" is just liberal media horses**t.



Since: Feb 25, 2012
Posted on: February 25, 2012 8:48 am
 

Pat Knight won Press Conference of the Year

If these players are on drugs, and failing school, and not going to class. Why are the starting for the team? Could you imagine Coach Cal of the Wildcats saying something like this? It would be time to Crucify........



Since: Feb 25, 2012
Posted on: February 25, 2012 5:32 am
 

Pat Knight won Press Conference of the Year

I usually would not like this coming from a coach but Im more understanding considering that it is so late in the season. Sounds like a last resort from a coach. He has probably tried everything else to get them straigtened out. He cares about his team and wants them to straighten up and do the right things, but as many of us know, sometimes they just don't listen. His caring is probably the only reason he hasn't booted them from the team before.  As my coaches use to tell me "its a privledge to play college basketball and to earn a college scholarship. Most students never get this privledge. Many of them have to work part time for small salaries just to pay for their educations." Those coaches were right, and if these kids don't want to listen he should find others that will.  



Since: Oct 26, 2007
Posted on: February 24, 2012 10:54 pm
 

Pat Knight won Press Conference of the Year

Pat is just like Bobby. Except Bobby had wins, credibility and insight. Pat is an assclown. When he can't coach them, it must be THEIR fault. Not that I cannot coach. Grow up. The apple never falls far from the tree.



Since: Feb 17, 2012
Posted on: February 24, 2012 9:34 pm
 

Pat Knight won Press Conference of the Year

What good did that do?  It wasn't like a challenge to make the kids play better.  That was for one person, sorry two people.  Pat Knight and his daddy.  Two of the biggest crybabies in the hisorty of college basketball.




Since: Feb 19, 2008
Posted on: February 24, 2012 9:28 pm
 

Pat Knight won Press Conference of the Year

This is absurd. This is Knight's issue to solve. Don't whine about your players. Lead them. If they don't follow - get them the hell off the team. Your in month four and you haven't been able to get control of your players. Shows you're a poor leader, and you just proved it.

Parrish - you just proved your lack of understanding as well.



Since: Aug 6, 2009
Posted on: February 24, 2012 8:48 pm
 

Pat Knight won Press Conference of the Year

"Guys like Pat Knight, Joe Gibbs, Bobby Cox, or Vince Lombardi could take his team and beat yours and then take your team and beat his."

Pat Knight, really?  He couldn't beat his mother with a baseball bat.  The guy is a horrible coach.

Also, the problem with the public education system is summed up in one word: poverty.  This machismo approach of yours won't work if a child is too worried about eating or has no sense of what education can do because he is surrounded by a cycle of poverty.




Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: February 24, 2012 8:36 pm
 

Pat Knight won Press Conference of the Year

I love it!! What Pat Knight described wasn't just the seniors on his basketball team, he nailed what's wrong with a big part of our society, starting with the public education system. I'm willing to bet none of these kids have ever been held accountable for their actions on or off the court (and in or out of the classroom). I may be old-school, but give me a team (sports or work) that's had a little tough-love and accountability over a bunch of pampered "modern educated" touchy-feely kids any day. Guys like Pat Knight, Joe Gibbs, Bobby Cox, or Vince Lombardi could take his team and beat yours and then take your team and beat his. Look for Lamar to win more than they lose the rest of the year.



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