Things are going from bad to Color Me Badd for Houston coach Tom Penders. First, a couple of ethically challenged shits publicy imply that Penders is trying to recruit Hitler. Then, the Cougars dropped a pair to such world-beaters as Rice and Central Florida. Now, to add insult to injury (literally), Penders gets teed up after collapsing during Houston’s 82-79 loss to UAB.
With 52.6 seconds to play in the first half, Penders rose to his feet, staggered and then crumpled to his hands and knees on the sideline. After a few moments, Penders went flat as medical personnel rushed to attend to him.
Hampton strolled by, paused and called a technical foul on Penders, apparently thinking the Houston coach was reacting to a questionable intentional foul call on Smith.
But even when Penders was taken off the court on a stretcher, Hampton refused to rescind the technical.
“I didn’t even realize they called a technical on me until I was told later,” Penders said. “That’s absurd, that’s all I can say. But I’m not going to say that the officials cost us the game.”
Penders, 59, who has a history of heart problems, just shrugged off his collapse.
“I just started seeing stars,” he said. “I don’t know what happened. I never lost consciousness, so I felt it was OK to come back (and coach the second half). That was a heck of a game. A great game. They had to make what I would call a circus shot to win it.”