Larry Eustachy

Larry Eustachy on new foul enforcement: ‘It’s about the money’

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One of the great parts about having so many great individual players and such a wealth of great teams across the country this season is that we only made it about a week until the topic of the increased enforcement of foul rules has become secondary.

I don’t know about you guys, but I have so much more fun talking about the players on the court and the plays they are running than I do writing about specifics and stats when it comes to fouls and foul shots.

But just because it has faded away from the headlines a bit doesn’t mean that the topic of fouling doesn’t come up.

Take Colorado State’s Larry Eustachy, who was ejected from his team’s loss to UTEP on Tuesday. Eustachy was mad about the officiating in large part due to the number of fouls taht were called on his big men. Both of Colorado State’s centers fouled out of the game, which was a major reason that the Rams were dominated on the glass; Colorado State has traditionally been one of the best rebounding teams in the country.

Here’s what Eustachy had to say, via The Coloradoan:

“It’s about money. Let’s face it, they want scoring up, which means they want more fans, so it’s really not about the student-athlete and that’s why I got into this profession—the student-athlete,” Eustachy said in his postgame radio interview. “I’m going to protect these guys who work so hard for me and this university. I’m going to protect them. If it means making some statements every now and then, I’m going to do it.

“(They called) touch fouls, which means you eliminated our two centers. Is that about the kids? Is that about the players? Is that what we’re really in it for?”

I understand his frustration. He’s spent his entire career coaching his kids to play one way, and now he’s being told that way is no longer OK. On Tuesday, it cost his team a game.

But you know what? The rules are the rules. They aren’t going anywhere, and, frankly, nothing new has been made up or added to the rule book. A decision was made that referees were actually going to enforce the rules that currently exist.

And he may be right. This may be about the fans and the dollars and the aesthetics of the game.

Eustachy’s wrong, however. He says that we simply wanted more scoring.

It’s actually because we want to watch basketball, not rugby.

Word of advice, Larry: you better figure out a way to teach your kids how to avoid fouling out with the way the rules are now being enforced, or you’re going to have a lot of games where your big men won’t be on the floor at the end of the night.

No. 13 Iowa State suspends Jameel McKay indefinitely

Iowa State forward Georges Niang, forward Jameel McKay, forward Abdel Nader and guard Deonte Burton celebrate after center Stuart Nezlek scored late in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Coppin State, Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015, in Ames, Iowa. Iowa State won 104-84 (AP Photo/Justin Hayworth)
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Already lacking depth, No. 13 Iowa State will be short a key contributor Saturday when they take on Oklahoma State in Stillwater.

Friday night it was announced that senior forward Jameel McKay has been suspended indefinitely by head coach Steve Prohm and did not make the trip with the team. McKay, who’s been dealing with knee issues recently, is averaging 12.4 points and a team-high 9.0 rebounds per game on the season.

Over the last six games he’s averaging 7.7 points and 8.7 rebounds per contest, shooting 60.6 percent from the field.

McKay has been asked to man the middle for a team lacking in both size and depth, with Georges Niang shifting over to the five when McKay needs a break for either rest or foul trouble reasons. Without McKay even more responsibility falls upon the shoulders of Niang, Abdel Nader and Deonte Burton in the front court.

The Cyclones are looking to end a two-game losing streak, and even with Oklahoma State’s struggles accomplishing that gets tougher with McKay out of the lineup.

News of McKay’s suspension was first reported by the Ames Tribune.

UNLV dismisses guard Daquan Cook from team

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LAS VEGAS (AP) UNLV junior guard Daquan Cook has been dismissed from the team.

Interim coach Todd Simon made the announcement on Friday, though no reason was given.

Cook was suspended for 13 games by previous coach Dave Rice in November after being arrested and charged with DUI.

Cook appeared in two games this season after being reinstated, scoring three points in four minutes. He missed the 2014-15 season after tearing his right ACL and played 28 games as a sophomore.