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VIDEO: Pat Knight rips into his team in a press conference

Feb 24, 2012, 8:10 AM EDT

I got a feeling Pat Knight is going to regret this press conference.

After his Lamar Cardinals lost to Sam Houston State 62-52 on Wednesday night, Knight absolutely ripped the senior class on his team to shreds. He said they lacked leadership, that they were a problem off the court and they were the “worst group of seniors right now that I’ve ever been associated with.” He goes as far as bringing up drug issues.

Take a look. It’s almost cringe-worthy at points.

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Look, the apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree, I know, which means that playing for Pat Knight isn’t going to be all that much different that playing for his father, Bob Knight. That said, I don’t care how frustrated you get with your team, in house issues must stay in house.

Blaming your players a loss, in my mind, is unacceptable.

I understand he’s frustrated having lost three of the last four games and, frankly, I don’t care if things are actually worse than the way he described them in the press conference. If you are a coach, you simply cannot take out knives and carve up your team publicly like that.

Poor form, Coach Knight. You’re better than that.

Rob Dauster is the editor of the college basketball website Ballin’ is a Habit. You can find him on twitter @robdauster.

  1. salmondude - Feb 24, 2012 at 4:14 PM

    What?!? I saw nothing cringe-worthy at all. If I were coach, and my players were as he described, I’d say the same thing. I see nothing disgraceful in what he said. If I were a player and my coach talked that way about me, I’d listen. Plus, this is nothing like the profanity-laced tirades of his dad. The author is way off.

  2. caseytwjw - Feb 25, 2012 at 11:52 AM

    Pat Knight needs to get real. He is reinventing history here.
    He was a scrub as a basketball player and even worse as a coach.
    If his last name was not Knight, he would be lucky to be driving a fruit truck in Kansas.

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