The Pac-12 Conference has weighed in on "the shove" that Cal coach Mike Montgomery gave to Allen Crabbe early in the 2nd half of Cal Men's Basketball's come-from-behind victory over the USC Trojans. Montgomery has been "reprimanded" by the conference although no specific has been given. Montgomery is not expected to be suspended for the Bears' next game this Thursday, at the Oregon Ducks.
Full Pac-12 press release below:
The Pac-12 Conference has reprimanded California head men’s basketball coach Mike Montgomery for shoving a student-athlete during California’s game with USC on Sunday, Feb. 17.
Montgomery made aggressive, physical contact with one of his own players during a timeout in the second half of California’s game with USC.
"While emotions can run high in competitive environments, Pac-12 coaches are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that will reflect credit on the institution and the Conference," said Commissioner Larry Scott. "Each Pac-12 coach must be aware that they are an example to student-athletes and other students, and consistent with this influence and visibility, must meet a particularly high standard."
Okay, so Larry Scott felt the need to say something about this. Maybe Monty lose a little bit of money or has to do a PSA about not shoveling other people? I doubt that the league would force Monty to take some anger management classes, but hopefully this is the end of this story, as nice as it is to see Cal basketball being discussed all over the media.
A short recap of what happened since the end of the game. Crabbe has said that this was no problem. Cal Athletics Director Sandy Barbour has scolded Coach Montgomery publicly saying that "this will not happen again". Coach Montgomery has also apologized. Now the conference has also "reprimanded" Monty. Here is "the shove" again, for those who have not see it: