Lamar Coach Pat Knight tore into his players in a way that might remind some of his father on Wednesday night, after his team lost 62-52 to Stephen F. Austin. The younger and usually more subdued Knight pulled no punches in an extended rant that prompted comparisons to Bob Knight, his dad and a legendary coach known for his fiery temper.
"We've got the worst group of seniors right now that I've ever been associated with," Pat Knight said. "Their mentality is awful. Their attitude is awful. It's been their (custom) for the last three years. To come out in a game like this, with no emotion and flat; it's terrible."
Knight is in his first year at Lamar, a Southland Conference team, after being let go by Texas Tech. The Cardinals are 17-11 with three league games remaining. He said several times during Wednesday's postgame news conference that he's at the school to "clean things up" and that things will be different when the current seniors are gone.
"These guys are stealing money by being on scholarship with their approach to things," he said.
He said no one has stepped up to help lead the team in a better direction and says there's an "infestation" of players who are difficult to coach.
After he called his seniors "the worst," he went down the box score and read off several players' statistics and said that they have an "attitude problem." After that he got much more personal.
"We've had problems with these guys off the court, on the court, classroom, drugs ..." Knight said. "If you act this way in the real world, you're going to be homeless, without a job."
Knight's rant began when senior Mike James was at the podium beginning to answer a question. The coach stalked up while telling James to leave.
"All right, let's go, I'm next," Knight said. "Because you don't have a clue what it takes to win."
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