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How to Cost Your School a Basketball Game

Posted on: February 27, 2009 1:36 am

Keep throwing stuff on the court down the strech of a close game.

That's what the student section for Santa Clara did not once, but TWICE, in the second half of their game against Gonzaga tonight. It just ended, an 81-73 victory for the Zags. But that's not the point.

You see, the Santa Clara student section threw a bottle and a ball of foil on to the court late in the game, getting two technical against Santa Clara, their own team. That cost the SC Broncos four points on free throw and stretched out the Gonzaga lead. And despite the warning of Santa Clara head coach Kerry Keating (who specifically said not to throw anything on the court ever again) and the gym PA announcer, someone decided to do it, again.

I am also a college student and fan, and I admit, I have had run-ins with other fans and event staff, usually about cursing or saying something about the zebra's terrible opinions or someone that doesn't like sitting behind thirty students (including me) that are standing/cheering and obstructing their view. I've done things that I'm not proud of, but I worked with my AD Dept. to avoid having these problems. And I'd never do anything stupid like throw stuff onto the court. There's crossing the line, and then there is running it over with an 18-wheeler.

The latter is what two students at Santa Clara did tonight. Two students decided to make a terrible decision and it might have cost their school a win over a ranked, conference rival. No one will ever know, because the first technical established enough doubt that the game was probably over. The second tech just confirmed it.

I want to say that I'm proud of the Santa Clara team for fighting until the very end. Also, to the students who pointed out the idiots that actually threw the stuff onto the court and hopefully getting them ejected for the rest of their college careers.

Also, if I’m coach Keating, maybe I keep the student section closed for this Saturday’s game against WCC rival Portland. It will teach a valuable lesson to everyone at Santa Clara, and it would guarantee that 0.01% of his fan base doesn’t cost him a win.

For the record, I’m not hating on Santa Clara. I do not hate on scrappy teams that never give up. But I will hate on individuals who cost their teams wins, even if they’re students or fans and not actually athletes.

So shame on you, now infamous Santa Clara trash-throwing fans. You have committed the most recent fan-related incident in sports in a long line of asinine fan-related incidents.

Fans are supposed to cheer and support their teams, not cost them points.

And a certain school in Santa Clara, Ca. will remember that for a long time, I hope.

- Eagle

Category: NCAAB

Since: Feb 9, 2007
Posted on: March 8, 2009 11:14 am

How to Cost Your School a Basketball Game

Wow. That is a fantastic tidbit of information right there, good post Pirateball. What's worse is that stuff like this has been happening for about 20 years, and people still do it. And with TV cameras everywhere and slow-mo replay, the refs are going to catch people that throw stuff on the court.



Since: Apr 10, 2007
Posted on: March 8, 2009 1:47 am

How to Cost Your School a Basketball Game

Oh, man.

As a Vanderbilt alum, this brings up both comedic and regretful memories of the "tennis ball incident" in 1989.  A refresher from for anyone who doesn't know it, which is probably most people.  The quotes are from former VU coach, Kentucky AD and SEC asst. commish C.M. Newton.

Vanderbilt was involved with one of the most controversial calls by an official that Commodore fans remember today. Vanderbilt entered the January (1989) game at Memorial Gymnasium with an SEC record of 4-2. The Florida Gators were 4-3.

The Gators center was Dwayne Schintzius who was involved in some type of skirmish the previous year that resulted in a fight with tennis rackets. In previous games, Gators' opponent's fans would toss tennis balls at Schintzius. This resulted in a warning to fans that this behavior would result in a technical foul on the home team.

With six seconds left in the game and Vanderbilt ahead 71-70, (Frank) Kornet pulled down a rebound on a Florida missed field goal attempt and was fouled. Kornet hit the first of a two-shot opportunity, but missed the second attempt. Florida secured the rebound and fired the ball down court and out of bounds. The clock revealed one second and the Commodores would have had possession and an apparent 72-70 win. But as the ball sailed out of bounds, a tennis ball came flying onto the court.

Official John Clougherty charged the scorer's table to call a technical against Vanderbilt. Schintzius stepped to the free throw line and sank both pressurized free throws. The Commodores would lose in overtime, 81-78.

"It kept us from winning the conference," Newton said about the infamous tennis ball game. "My gripe at that point was it puts another loss on Florida and we would have won the league. To have that happen, and not have any other incidents of things being thrown on the court early without a warning or nothing was to me inexcusable. It cost us the SEC championship. There was one second on the clock and we've got the ball getting ready to throw it in.

"There was no way we were going to lose. We were going to win the game and then all we've got to do is win no matter what Florida does and we're the champions. It was crazy to call that technical. It could have been somebody from Florida that threw the tennis ball out there. If you had 30 tennis balls thrown on the court or barrage at Florida then that would have been different. But to have one tennis ball thrown out there and for the official John Clougherty to act that way was inexcusable.

"I think he just overreacted. Kornet fouled out and now we've got to go through overtime with Schintzius still in the game and our center fouled out. At the time I told Clougherty, "John, I've always been a forgiving person, but I don't think I will ever forgive you for that.'"

Until his retirement a few years ago, Clougherty had been booed at every Memorial Gymnasium game since that incident when his name was announced before a game. He is now the ACC supervisor of basketball officials.




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