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Father knows best, unless he doesn't.
The head coach of a Cinderella in this year's NCAA basketball tournament raised some eyebrows with his decision to a family scheduling dilemma.
Scott Nagy and his wife, Jamie, had to decide what was more important this weekend: His South Dakota State squad plays Baylor in the opening round game in the NCAA Tournament while two of his sons, Nick and Tyler, are playing in the South Dakota state basketball tournament. Nick, a senior, might be taking part in his final high school game.
Jamie Nagy struggled to figure out what to do. But her husband made the call:
"I made a decision for her," Nagy said during a news conference in Albuquerque. "I said, 'You're married to me. You were with me before we had Nick. So I think you should be with me.' Our boys understand that."
Nagy has coached the Jackrabbits for 17 seasons, taking the program from Division II to Division I with a solid .616 winning percentage. He's a member of the Delta State Sports Hall of Fame. Nagy began his coaching career as a graduate assistant under Lou Henson at the University of Illinois.
In 2009, Nagy coached a game against North Dakota barefoot in an effort to raise money for victims of the big earthquake in Haiti. Nagy's adopted daughter, Naika, is from a city close to the quake's epicenter.
Although the coach will likely be denounced for his surprising decision, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports mom and dad will watch their sons play their high school game via an Internet video feed before South Dakota State plays No. 3 seed Baylor in the South Regional opening-round game.
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