In the immediate aftermath of Cleveland State’s hard-fought loss at No. 3 Kentucky on Monday night, assistant coach Jermaine Kimbrough took to Twitter to voice his displeasure with the officiating. With Kentucky attempting 11 free throws in the final seven minutes of the game, Kimbrough wasn’t alone in his opinion that the whistles were a bit too much.
Unfortunately for Kimbrough his public display (since deleted, as was his Twitter account) was captured, and for the comments he has been suspended one game as announced by the Horizon League on Wednesday afternoon. Kimbrough will not be on the bench Saturday night when the Vikings host Ball State.
“CSU assistant coach Jermaine Kimbrough’s comments about the officiating after the CSU-Kentucky men’s basketball game on Monday, November 25th were unacceptable,” Cleveland State AD John Parry said in the release. “As a result, coach Kimbrough has been suspended for the CSU-Ball State game scheduled on Saturday, November 30th.”
Kimbrough’s frustration is certainly understandable but public remarks about the officiating tend to result in some sort of reprimand or, in the case of Kimbrough, a suspension. Cleveland State, led by forward Anton Grady and guards Bryn Forbes and Trey Lewis, is currently 3-3 on the season and they’ve lost two of their last three games.