Last week, Pat Knight brought us one the best meltdowns we’ve seen in a long while. In it, he basically crapped all over his seniors. And while one would think the aftermath would be anything but complimentary for Knight, it appears that it has been indeed complimentary for Knight.
Knight spoke with The Wall Street Journal and told of the many calls and texts he’s received commending him for his meltdown. As you may have guessed, some of the calls have come from other coaches and as you may have not guessed, some of the calls are coming from parents. Parents that want their kids to play for Knight.
So it seems that crapping on his seniors has become a recruiting tool. Makes perfect sense.
In a Friday afternoon telephone interview with The Wall Street Journal, Knight said he had received about 30 texts and phone calls from supportive coaches. “One told me he loved me for doing it,” said Knight, son of outspoken former Indiana coach Bob Knight. “They’re proud of me, because we’re all dealing with the same thing.”
The transgressions Knight referred to ranged from tardiness to academic failures. “I’ve never seen more F’s on report cards than I ever have since I got here,” Knight said Friday. “Missing classes, being late for workouts, missing workouts. … What I don’t think they understand is all that correlates together. If you’re not going to be a winner off the court, you’re not going to be a winner on the court.”
The Cardinals had one of their best practices of the season the day after his rant, Knight said, and three parents called him – two from New York, one from Iowa – to say they would love to have their kids play for him. A few of his players even apologized to him Thursday, he said.
Knight said that after the loss, he prepared his staff and athletic director for the harsh message he had planned. “If you look at my press conference, I didn’t raise my voice,” he said. He was surprised his rant drew so much attention, but said the reaction was more positive than he anticipated.
“I’m just trying to motivate the team,” he said, “especially these six seniors.”
Looks like Pat Knight is the winner in all this. There is just no way you could have convinced me that this would end so well for, Knight. No way at all.