Pat Knight received a lot of publicity for his post-game press conference rant against the senior players on his Lamar team on February 24, most of it negative about how he crossed the line going beyond what is appropriate.
If you haven't seen it check this out for proof that this one didn't fall far from the tree.
Pat Knight Has Epic Rant About Lamar
And what is the outcome of all this? It appears that Knight did exactly the right thing, exactly what was needed to spark Lamar to the Southland Conference tournament championship and its automatic bid in the NCAA tournament. (The Southland Conference, by the way, is where Summit League perennial power Oral Roberts is headed beginning next season.)
Lamar rolls into NCAA tournament to stay red hot since Pat Knight rant
Bob Kravits of the Indy Star blogged about this situation and how his reaction to it has changed over the last two weeks.
On Lamar and Pat Knight’s rant…
I think everyone in any position of authority should draw a lesson from this. Set high expectations for kids and hold them accountable. That is the way the real world works and we owe it to them to best prepare them for a world that is becoming more and more competitive internationally. We give too many participation ribbons to those who just show up.