The Kid Stays in The Huddle

Justin January 3, 2009 0

Bobby Knight may have hung up his whistle, but it’s good to see his legacy lives on in Lubbock.

His son, Pat, who took over as Texas Tech coach when Bobby retired, was less than pleased with his team’s inability to hit easy shots  this week.

In fact, he thought they were playing worse than a bunch of middle schoolers. Yelling didn’t work, so he went with an old family recipe: Humiliation.

While the Red Raiders (10-4) were busy botching about 15 layups against Stephen F. Austin on Thursday, Knight scoured the stands and invited a youngster to join the team huddle.

Knight asked the boy whether he could make layups. The boy said he could.

“I was just tired of having 18- or 21-year-olds miss layups that a 12-year-old could hit, so I brought a 12-year-old in to let them know that he could hit layups,” Knight said. “He’s 12 and he can hit layups, so why can’t you when you’re 18 to 21?”

It apparently worked. The Red Raiders won the game. Good thing, too. Made up sources tell me Knight’s next move would have been punting a baby across the gym.

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