Look for a lot of technical fouls to be called on coaches during the early portion of the 2007-08 college basketball season.
The NCAA last week, in conjunction with the Collegiate Commissioners Association, National Association of Basketball Coaches and Women's Basketball Coaches Association, sent a memo to all coaches and officials indicating standards for bench decorum would be enforced - as a season-long point of emphasis.
Any coach who strays outside of the coach's box is subject to a technical. What's more, any coach who "disrespectfully addresses an official, attempts to influence an official's decision, uses profanity, objects to an official's call by rising from the bench or excessively using gestures that demonstrate displeasure with officiating" can be assessed a 'T.'
In a nutshell, the NCAA seems to be telling its member coaches to concentrate on coaching while not addressing the refs in any negative way.
Coaches, of course, chirp at officials at many junctures during games.
"I think it's good," Kansas University coach Bill Self, a member of the NABC Board of Directors, said of the new edict.
"That is something the officials and the rules committe have been adamant about - that bench decorum needs to improve. I don't think that's bad. We got so many memos about that last year. I don't see it as a problem in our league. I think it's good on the whole for our game."
Will the new rules emphasis be enforced by the refs?
One veteran official told Sporting News writer Mike DeCourcy he does not want to lose game assignments or consideration for working in the postseason, thus will slap coaches with quick technicals until ordered to stop.
¢ Henry at Late Night: C.J. Henry, a 6-foot-3 guard from Putnam City, Okla., who has played professional baseball the last three years, attended Late Night in the Phog on Friday night. It was the same night C.J.'s brother Xavier, a 6-6 junior guard from Putnam City High, attended Midnight Madness at the University of Memphis.
C.J. Henry is seriously considering giving up baseball to attend college and play basketball. He orally committed to KU in 2005, but a few weeks later signed a contract with the New York Yankees organization. Henry said recently if he attended college it'd be at either KU, Texas, North Carolina, Kentucky or Memphis.
¢ Thomas finished with visits: Quintrell Thomas, a 6-8, 225-pound senior forward from St. Patrick High in Elizabeth, N.J., made the long trip to University of Nevada-Las Vegas last weekend and now is in the process of finalizing a college choice. He hopes to select KU, UNLV, Maryland or Rutgers by the end of the week.
"I know he enjoyed his trip to UNLV, but we need to sit down and talk about the visit and see where each school stands," Derrick Bobbitt, Thomas' AAU coach, told Rivals.com on Monday. "I know that Kansas is a top option for Quintrell. He has a high amount of interest in the Kansas program."
¢ Just win, baby: The Indianapolis Star received some interesting responses from fans asked to comment on Indiana coach Kelvin Sampson being disciplined by school officials for making excessive phone calls to recruits.
He will lose a scholarship and a $500,000 raise in pay this season for committing the same violation during his days at Oklahoma.
"I wish he'd make more (calls) and just not get caught," 26-year-old Jackson Bartholomew of Bloomington told the paper.
"Is (top recruit) Eric Gordon and a national championship worth $500,000? I say yes," 22-year-old fan Kyle Temposky told the Star.
Sophomore Laura McGill had a less radical stance:
"I'm shocked," she said. "It's kind of disappointing to the fans that something the coach is doing hurts the team. If they lose a scholarship, that could hurt. I feel bad for the team as much as anything."
The NCAA also may have its say. Some are even suggesting IU may lose a spot in the 2008 NCAA Tournament, or Sampson, for repeat violations, might be banned from coaching a year or so. A columnist at the Indy paper called for Sampson's dismissal over the issue.