Millinghaus was already sitting out the 2014-2015 season per NCAA transfer rules. In his sophomore season with the Rebels, Millinghaus averaged 6.6 points, 2.3 assists and 1.7 rebounds per game while starting nine games.
While he struggled shooting from the field, only hitting 34 percent of his shots, the OVC should be a better level of play for Millinghaus.
Most of the time these administrative technical fouls don’t mean much in the grand scheme of things. Except Tennessee Tech ended up winning the game 82-80 over the Ospreys on Monday night. Turns out those two points before opening tip actually meant the difference in a game that was tied 80-80 over the course of 40 minutes of play.
If you’re curious about the rule that North Florida broke, it’s Section 4, Class B, Article 1e of the NCAA rule book. A technical foul should be given for the following: “A team member dunking or attempting to dunk a dead ball before or during the game, or during any intermission.”
After a great road win at Purdue, this is an awful way to lose for North Florida. This sounds like a dumb rule, but it’s probably even worse to break it and lose by two points after a pregame technical foul cost was the point differential the game.
And for the record, the pregame technical foul isn’t the main reason North Florida lost. The Ospreys led 41-32 at the half and allowed Tennessee Tech to score 50 points in the second half on 60 percent shooting.
Tennessee Tech head coach Steve Payne received a contract extension through 2019, according to a release from the school. Women’s basketball head coach Jim Davis received an extension through 2019 as well.
Payne is in his fourth year as head coach of the Golden Eagles after spending nine seasons as an assistant coach.
“I am excited to be able to continue what we’ve started, and excited about the direction our program is headed,” Payne said in the release. “I’m grateful that the leadership of our university and our athletic department feels the same way.
Payne is 48-47 in three seasons and 23-25 in the Ohio Valley Conference. The 45-year-old Payne now gets some backing from the school and it should benefit him in recruiting with additional job security.
“I think we have only seen the tip of the iceberg of what we can do in Athletics at Tennessee Tech, and within our men’s basketball program,” Payne said in the release. “I appreciate the loyalty and the faith that they’ve placed in me.”
Tennessee Tech is projected to finish in the middle of the pack of the East Division of the OVC. They return three starters from a 17-16 effort in 2013-14.