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Bill Self Becomes Third Big 12 Coach Ejected For the First Time This Month

NCAA Basketball: Kansas at Michigan State

Kansas head coach Bill Self had seen enough on Big Monday at Texas Tech and was ejected from a game for the first time in his 21 seasons at Kansas.

Self was ejected after getting two technical fouls back-to-back with just under six minutes remaining in a 79-50 loss at Texas Tech. He became the third Big 12 coach this month with a first-time ejection at his school.

“I did say a magic word, I guess, multiple times that got me a couple of technicals,” Self said.

 

Those technical fouls came right after Kansas center Hunter Dickinson was called for an offensive foul under the basket, but Self noted that was just a microcosm of the officiating at large, this season, in the Big 12.

“I honestly feel the game’s not being called the way it needs to be called,” Self said. “Regardless of whether it’s our favor or their favor, it makes no difference to me.”

“That was frustration, but I felt that all year,” Self added. “So, good officials … good officials, I just don’t see it the same way that it’s being called.”

Self said there has been a lot of physicality, “more this year than there has been in years past.”

 

This was Bill Self’s first ejection in his 722 games coaching Kansas and his only other ejection in 31 seasons as a college head coach came in 1999 while coaching at Tulsa, when the Golden Hurricane played a game against Wyoming.

Recently, Houston head coach Kelvin Sampson got ejected with 15:08 remaining in a home win on February 6.

Sampson seemed to get upset after a no-call on a push-off of Jamal Shead and had to be restrained before he walked off the court to the locker room after being ejected from the game. He even received a standing ovation and left to chants of “Kel-vin Samp-son!” from the Houston faithful. It was his first ejection in 10 years of coaching at Houston.

 

Baylor’s Scott Drew, who is also in his 21st season, was ejected for the first time in his career earlier this month after two technical fouls in a home win over Iowa State. Both fouls were because he was outside the coaching box.

After the game, Baylor athletic director Mack Rhoades was fined $25,000 and issued a public reprimand because he ripped the officials following Drew’s ejection. Rhoades called the officiating in that game “an embarrassment” for the league.

The Big 12 clearly has an officiating problem on its hands, as its most prominent coaches are dealing with ejections at an unprecedented rate and soon enough, the league office will have a problem on its hands if some major changes aren’t made.

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