Pat Knight’s Press Conference Tirade Calling Out Lamar Seniors Will Make You Uncomfortable

First-year Lamar coach Pat Knight had nothing kind to say about his players after Wednesday night’s 62-52 loss to Stephen F. Austin. The loss put the Cardinals two games behind McNeese State in the Southland Conference’s East Division.

Knight, former Indiana player and Texas Tech coach, took the podium while player Mike James was talking to reporters. Knight interrupted the senior guard saying, “All right, let’s go. I’m next. You don’t have a clue what it takes to win.”

Knight proceeded to unload on the “worst group of seniors” he had ever been associated with (seniors he’s coached for less than one season).

Here’s the press conference in all its awkward glory:


Update: As you can see, the video has been removed. We’ll try to find another. (Update: We did!) In the meantime, here are a few of Knight’s quotes, courtesy of our friends at Lost Lettermen:

“I’m unhappy with these seniors, that’s what I’m unhappy with, it has nothing to do with X’s and O’s. We’ve got the worst group of seniors that I’ve ever been associated with.”

“We’ve had problems with these guys off the court, on the court, classroom, drugs, I mean, being late for stuff, all that stuff correlates together if you’re going to win games.”

“I feel sorry for this school. I mean these kids are stealing money by being on scholarship with their approach to things.”

“The main problem is we don’t have a leader. We have six seniors but not one of them is a leader. We’ve got a bunch of followers.”

“We’ve got a bunch of tin men out there, they have no heart… We can’t play for them, that’s the sad thing.”

“Usually you have one or two guys that are a problem. We have an infestation of guys that are hard to coach.”

“When I played, if you acted like some of these guys did, you got shoved in a locker with a forearm against your neck and told, ‘You don’t do that. That’s not how we do things here at Indiana.’ And that’s what we need.”

“And I don’t think they get it. If you act this way in the real world, you’re gonna be homeless, without a job.”



About Josh Tinley

Josh Tinley writes the Away From The Action column at Midwest Sports Fans, covering all aspects of sport aside from what actually happens on the field, court, or track. Josh grew up in Indianapolis and graduated from the University of Evansville and Vanderbilt Divinity School. He is the author of Kneeling in the End Zone: Spiritual Lessons From the World of Sports and the managing editor of LinC, a weekly curriculum for teens that explores the intersection of faith and culture. Josh lives outside Nashville with his wife, Ashlee, and children, Meyer (7), Resha Kate (5), and Malachi (3). He will not allow himself to die before the Evansville Purple Aces make another trip to the NCAA Tournament. Follow him on Twitter @joshtinley or send him an e-mail.


  1. This did not make me uncomfortable. It made me proud.  Stop coddling the young men of America.  Push them to strive for greatness and we as a society will have amazing leaders!

  2. Some folk just don’t get it…  When as an American you think things are owed to you without work effort or commitment this is what you get.  Pat Knight is right and far too many think being tough on players is wrong.  Our greatest social gift of this generation is rationalizing and explaining our short comings.  How  about looking at yourself as part of the problem.

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