The Grand 12 on Thursday issued a public reprimand to Chris Beard for the Texas Tech basketball coach’s blowup Tuesday night that got him ejected from the game against West Virginia game.
No fine change into issued.
“Coach Beard’s conduct change into inconsistent with sportsmanship expectations in the Grand 12 Convention,” Grand 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby stated in the announcement. “He’s being issued a public reprimand, and positioned on sight that any future sportsmanship violations may perhaps additionally consequence in a extra extreme penalty.”
In a letter to Bowlsby got by A-J Media, Texas Tech athletics director Kirby Hocutt contended that Beard did no longer violate the conference policy on sportsmanship. Hocutt notorious that Beard had long gone simply about five years with out a technical noxious and that, all the plan thru Beard’s time as Tech head coach, his crew has no longer had extra than three player technical fouls in a season — evidence, Hocutt stated, of the satisfaction Beard takes in having a real relationship with officers.
Beard change into ejected leisurely in the Crimson Raiders’ 82-71 loss to No. 14 West Virginia.
Trailing 77-71 with 23.5 seconds left, the 2-time Grand 12 coach of the 12 months began to website free frustration in a game that featured 49 noxious calls — one important one on Tech ahead Kevin McCullar, who fouled out attempting to lift a loose ball from West Virginia guard Miles McBride.
Sean McNeil made three of the four technical free throws and McBride hit both of his frequent free throws to salt away the game for the Mountaineers.
After coming onto the court docket to exclaim and gesture at officers, Beard dropped to the floor and performed a timeout model. That change into in step with what he viewed as the officers missing a timeout call made by a West Virginia player.
At the same time as he let his frustrations catch the most entertaining of him in the moment, and his assistants attempting to aloof him down, Beard took time to fist-bump West Virginia coach Bob Huggins sooner than jogging to the locker room.
In a letter sent to Bowlsby, Hocutt wrote:
“This letter is in step alongside with your email referring to a that you may perhaps be ready to factor in sportsmanship incident in our men’s basketball game against West Virginia. Your email states that head coach Chris Beard exhibited unsportsmanlike habits towards the officers main to two technical fouls and ejection from the game.
“This incident occurred come the pause of the game following some subjective choices by the officers. In consequence of the explanations outlined underneath, it’s our space that a violation of C.R. 12.3.5 (Totally different Misconduct) did no longer occur. Chris Beard exemplifies sportsmanship on the court docket and towards the officers. No longer only does he are residing it, nevertheless he also talks about it with the crew frequently. In his simply about five years in the Grand 12 he has no longer got one technical noxious except this closing game. He speaks to the crew and reminds them referring to the importance of unveiling sportsmanship no longer only on the court docket nevertheless also thru their communication.
“We grab satisfaction in the reality that as a crew we safe now a in truth low collection of technical fouls. Since Chris has been right here, we safe now by no plan had extra than 3 player technical fouls in any given season. In his put up-game comments, Chris praised the three officers when requested referring to the officiating in the game.
“Chris stated, ‘These guys are the most entertaining of the most entertaining. These three guys available in the market tonight, no longer only stay I admire, nevertheless I admire and belief them. But at school basketball, usually you simply got to struggle for the players and that change into my decision tonight to stay that.’ I respectfully will negate that it’s our space that we safe now no longer violated the Totally different Misconduct policy of the Convention. Please contact me must you safe any questions or would make a choice to discuss extra.”
In his put up-game press conference, Beard specified the technical fouls weren’t intended to ship a message, nevertheless as a model he change into “combating to your players.”
“From a instructing standpoint, it be important to struggle to your players,” Beard stated Tuesday night. “Obviously school basketball, you guys know the Grand 12 policy and all that. I would simply reveal that from my level of glimpse, the West Virginia player change into calling for timeout on the floor. I may perhaps additionally glimpse it and listen to it from the effect I change into standing.
“Or no longer it’s silent a two-possession game at that level. If that call is made, we safe now a likelihood to website up our press and silent safe a likelihood to play the game. That call sent a 90-p.c free-throw shooter to the toll road and it be going to separate the game to a 3-possession game.”
Beard stated he has a history no longer letting his emotions catch the most entertaining of him.
“You guys know me. I’ve been on this league five years. I develop no longer assume I’ve ever gotten a technical,” Beard stated. “At Arkansas Minute Rock, I feel we got one. That’s no longer my deal. I know what gross officiating looks to be to be like admire, I’ve coached the least bit utterly different stages. These guys are the most entertaining of the most entertaining. These three guys available in the market tonight, no longer only stay I admire — I admire and belief them.
“At school basketball, usually you bought to struggle for the players. And that change into my decision (Tuesday) to stay that.”
The reprimand got right here with the Crimson Raiders targeted on preparing for back-to-back games against TCU, starting up with an 8 p.m. Monday contest in Citadel Worth.