WATCH: John Calipari ejected 2 minutes into Kentucky's game vs. SC
We've never seen anything quite like this. Kentucky coach John Calipari was ejected 2:26 into the Wildcats' huge game at South Carolina after receiving two back-to-back technical fouls.
I've never seen anything quite like this.
It's currently unclear what led to Calipari's first technical. The situation came about after South Carolina's Mindaugas Kacinas received an over-the-back foul while battling for an offensive rebound inside. Calipari had been upset on the previous possession when Gamecock forward Michael Carrera grabbed an offensive rebound for a put-back on what the Kentucky coach felt should have been an over-the-back call. However, the Wildcats got the next call.
Following the call, Calipari went up to the referee, Doug Sirmons, and said something, which led to a technical foul that Calipari was incredulous about in the above video. Following his brief outburst, Calipari was then issued a second technical foul, leading to this scene where he had to be restrained by his players.
Has to be the earliest ejection of Cal's career, right? pic.twitter.com/fhM1O30x2c— Mike Rutherford (@CardChronicle) February 13, 2016
Sirmons has something of a reputation for a quick trigger with technical fouls, both according to stats and according to coaches around the country.
Doug sermon is ridiculous! To run Calipari 2:30 into game is a joke. I've seen him t guys after he makes bad call. Run cal a few min later.— Steve Lappas (@stlappas) February 13, 2016
What Doug Sirmons did today is absolutely embarrassing to college officiating. He has a short fuse and coaches for years have complained.— Buzz Peterson (@BuzzPeterson) February 13, 2016
He had not ever given John Calipari a technical previously while at Kentucky, according to bigbluehistory.net, which has a comprehensive list of the Kentucky games he has officiated over the last 20 years.
It'll be interesting in the coming days to see what Calipari said to earn such a quick exit.
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