Former Loyola coach Jimmy Patsos delivers handshakes to invisible opponents after Siena win

Jimmy Patsos is trending – again.

The former Loyola Maryland men's basketball coach is up to his old tricks at Siena, as he was just shown on the "Today" show shaking hands with a nonexistent Rider team and coaches Tuesday night.


After a brief brawl late in the game that led to the ejections of two players and technical fouls handed out to Patsos and Rider coach Kevin Baggett, Rider's coaches and players walked off the court without shaking hands. That didn't stop Patsos from enjoying his team's 78-68 win at home by simulating the handshake line.

It's not the first time Patsos was the center of attention. Early in the 2008 season while coaching Loyola against Cornell in the National Invitation Tournament Season Tip-Off, Patsos was slapped with a technical foul. Instead of continuing to argue with officials, Patsos spent much of the rest of the game sitting near the end of the bench with his scrubs while his assistants coached in his stead.

Later in the game he climbed into the stands to talk with then-Loyola athletic director Jim Boylan.

Patsos has always been a fiery sideline figure. He inherited a 1-27 team at Loyola and ultimately led the Greyhounds to consecutive seasons of at least 20 wins, the first time the program had accomplished that feat at the Division I level, before he left for Siena.

After the Rider game Tuesday night, both Patsos and Baggett tried to downplay the incident.

Baggett told ESPN he had his team leave the court immediately after the game to avoid another incident. Patsos later told the Albany Times-Union that he agreed with Baggett's logic and said that the Rider coach is one of his closest friends in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.

The teams, who split their season series with each winning at home, could meet again in the conference tournament. They might even shake hands.

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