Pat Knight and the Lamar Cardinals are heading to the NCAA Tournament after running the table in the Southland Tournament to earn the auto-bid. You're going to hear fun narratives over the next couple days, but do not fall into the Pat Knight trap. He is not worth the praise, and don't let anyone tell you the results were worth the process.
If you missed it, Knight ripped into his team in a very public way a few weeks ago. He essentially called his seniors no-good drug addicts with no work ethic. Knight blamed Lamar's faults on the players, throwing them all under the bus en masse. They were the reason his team was failing, because it couldn't possibly have been his fault.
Then Lamar rattled off six straight wins to earn an NCAA Tournament berth. Knight's rant worked!
Except this is bullshit. Knight's rant wasn't about motivating his team. It wasn't about cattle-prodding his seniors to make them play better. It was a rant borne out of anger and frustration. Knight was saving himself while taking the easy way out.
Knight himself admitted he threw his kids under a bus he was driving while adding he wouldn't do it again. This alone should show you his rant was one of anger, not an attempt to motivate. By blaming his seniors and the rest of the team, Knight created his own narrative.
He looked like an idiot at the time -- rants like his are rightfully looked down upon -- and looks like an amazing coach now to the casual observer. It's results-based analysis. Knight's team got the result it needed, so the rant must be some superb motivational technique.
No coach should do what Knight did. It was inexcusable, and the stories should reflect that. This wasn't about Knight being some kind of motivational guru. It was about him being an asshole whose raw anger was caught on camera.
Don't let the narrative fool you.