During the second half of last night's California/USC game, Cal coach Mike Montgomery was having trouble getting through to his players and wanted to get them to "wake up" out on the basketball court. So, he yelled and screamed and got up in their faces. But, none of it seemed to work. So, he did the one thing that a college coach—or any coach, for that matter—cannot do. He shoved one of his guards Allen Crabbe in the chest and told him to get it together.
That obviously didn't sit well with a lot of people out there—or with Crabbe, who had to remove himself from the game and hang out back by the locker room for a few minutes in order to cool off. And, while he did eventually get over it and go back into the game where he helped Cal earn a great comeback win over USC, Montgomery was forced to issue an apology after the game for shoving his player.
"I have great passion for this game," he said in a statement, "and tonight, I let my emotions get away from me in the heat of the moment. While my intent was to motivate our student-athletes, my behavior was inappropriate and I apologize for my actions."
It was a crazy situation. And, surprisingly, it's not the first time that an incident like this has occurred this season involving a coach and a player. Let's hope this doesn't become a trend.
[via The Dagger]
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