Monday, February 1, 2010
Kevin O'Neill Fires Student Manager For Running His Mouth
Technical fouls for criticizing officials are about as common in college basketball as alley-oop dunks. They happen all the time.
However, they are only supposed to be handed out to coaches, although players are often guilty of loose lips as well. But under no circumstances whatsoever, should a student manager receive a technical foul for criticizing or yelling obscenities at referees. I guess it's a little too late to tell that to USC graduate student Stan Holt, who not only got hit with a tech in the Trojans loss at Oregon, but may have cost USC a victory.
Trojans coach Kevin O'Neill, who can curse out an officiall as well as anyone, took the necessary immediate action by firing Holt after the game.
"The referee told me he was screaming obscenities at him," O'Neill said. "That's on me and that will be rectified. It already has been. He's gone. If somebody's getting a technical foul, it's going to be me."
I applaud O'Neill for wasting no time in doing the right thing. Albeit, coaches are still given a little slack on the decorum tip, the behavior of fans at sporting events has been getting worse and worse the last several years... foxsportswest.com: Zip The Lip