NCAA: Bench Mob celebrations are A-OK

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The celebrations from the Monmouth Bench Mob have been one of the best things about the early part of the college basketball season.

They’re fun and unique and innovative … and it just so happens that Monmouth, a small school in New Jersey that plays in the MAAC, has been steamrolling big schools this year, beating UCLA, Notre Dame and USC.

And thankfully, those celebrations aren’t going anywhere.

On Monday afternoon, college basketball twitter nearly melted down when ESPN analyst Jay Bilas, the most vocal and visible NCAA critic, tweeted, per a source, that the NCAA was looking into cracking down on those celebrations.

Those tyrannical oppressors strike again!

Only, Bilas didn’t quite have the entire story. According to David Worlock, the media coordinator for the NCAA who is operating as a spokesperson here, the NCAA is NOT rewriting bench decorum rules. There was a request for a rules interpretation, and the NCAA determined that bench celebrations to do not interfere with the game. As long as they are in good fun and don’t spill onto the floor, no harm, no foul.

So don’t worry, bench mobs.

You guys still are the heroes we all aspire to be.