You may have missed it last night, but near the end of Stanford’s blowout win over Cal in Berkeley, frustration boiled over as a frustrated Allen Crabbe took exception to being knocked to the floor by Stanford’s Dwight Powell.
There was a bunch of pushing and shoving as well as quite a bit of posturing, but, thankfully, no punches were thrown and order was restored fairly quickly as players, refs and coaches were able to get the two sides separated.
But after spending ten minutes at the monitor reviewing what happened, the refs not only tossed the players that left the bench, they ejected Cal assistant Gregg Gottlieb and Stanford assistants Mark Madsen and Charles Payne. And they were right to, as the NCAA rulebook says that only the head coach is allowed to leave the bench during a fracas.
That rule needs to change.
Those three assistants — Gottlieb in particular, who yanked a couple of Stanford players out of the mix — helped settle down what was a tense situation. Anyone that threw a punch would have been suspended for the next game, and it just so happens that the next game for both teams is the first round of the Pac-12 tournament. A fired up, emotional college athlete is only going to take getting pushed in a scrum like that so many times before he reacts with his fists, and those assistant coaches made sure that didn’t happen.
Good on them.
And if I’m either Mike Montgomery or Johnny Dawkins, I’m doing nothing but praising them for their hustle while pushing for that rule to be changed.
Coaches are supposed to be the peacemakers, and the more peacemakers that are on the floor during a fight, the better.
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UConn commit Juwan Durham, a four-star big man in the Class of 2016, has torn the ACL in his right knee for the second time in seven months. The Florida native committed to the Huskies and head coach Kevin Ollie back in September. The 6-foot-9 forward is regarded as the No. 31 overall prospect in the national Class of 2016, so he can really be a force when he’s healthy.
In a report from Tampabay.com’s Bob Putnam, UConn was notified of the injury immediately and there is no change in plans with the commitment. The Huskies also own commitments from four-star point guard Alterique Gilbert and three-star power forward Mamadou Diarra in the Class of 2016. Having Diarra, an active, rim-protecting presence, helps with Durham’s recovery, since he can provide some more front court depth.
If Durham rehabs back to full speed, UConn has a very talented power forward who was just hitting his stride in the Florida state playoffs last February. UConn has a nice class so far with this group, especially if Durham can recover, With a year to recover until next season, Durham can hopefully play during his freshman season in 2016.
Arizona State fans won’t get a chance to see Torian Graham take the floor this season, but he did sky over fellow teammates (and transfer) Shannon Evans on Friday night at the team’s Maroon and Gold Madness. The 6-foot-4 Graham is a former Buffalo commit — Evans also came from Buffalo — and both players will have to sit out the 2015-16 season due to NCAA transfer regulations.
Graham hasn’t had a chance to get into a Division I game, but he’ll be able to play for the Sun Devils next season. For now, fans can look forward to Graham’s athleticism on the wing in pregame dunk routines.
A former top-100 prospect, Graham also pulled off this ridiculous move in the dunk contest.