The foreign trips college basketball teams annually take typically feature little more than group photos at tourist sites and (mostly) uninteresting games.
Wichita State's trip is going differently, though.
Here's why: Gregg Marshall was ejected from Tuesday night's game against McGill University in Montreal, at which point he ... CHARGED TWO REFEREES! There was no contact. But it was intense and reportedly the result of several questionable calls (and non-calls) during a game that featured Wichita State's Rauno Nurger suffering a concussion and cut on his chin that required three stitches.
Wichita State announced Wednesday that Marshall is suspended for the Shockers' final exhibition. "I visited with Coach Marshall this morning to inform him that he is suspended for this afternoon's final exhibition game in Canada," said interim athletic director Darron Boatright. "While I understand the competitive spirit that accompanies coaching, there remains a standard of professional behavior that is inherent in a position of leadership that we all must meet. That standard was not met last night."
Marshall, after the game, explained his reaction to The Wichita Eagle.
"I'm definitely not proud of my reaction to that situation," said Marshall, who has led Wichita State to five straight NCAA Tournament appearances -- including the 2013 Final Four. "But, at some point, your players have to know you're going to stand up for them and [that] you've got some fight in you. Once I reacted, I said 'I might as well get my money's worth.'"
Wichita State ended up winning the game 77-71, if you care.
"I fully accept the decision of the athletic department and the university," Marshall said in a statement released Wednesday afternoon. "As a program we expect to represent Wichita State University in a manner in which we can all be proud of, on and off the court. Last night, in my attempt to stand up for, and protect, my team I fell short of those expectations. I will gladly sit out tonight's game in hopes that a lesson can be learned that it's not just about doing the right thing, but doing it the right way."