Archive for Monday, February 16, 2009

KU coach focusing on Iowa State, not KSU guard’s actions

February 16, 2009, 1:56 p.m. Updated February 16, 2009, 2:28 p.m.



K-State's Denis Clemente strikes Tyrel Reed

Toward the end of the KU-KSU game, K-State's Denis Clemente struck KU's Tyrel Reed in the side of the head. It wasn't noticed during the game but drew considerable attention after.

Kansas State guard Denis Clemente elbowed Kansas University’s Brady Morningstar in a way Saturday that drew a technical foul and helped to turn Saturday’s Big 12 game in KU’s direction.

But what Clemente did later with his right hand did not get detected by game referees. Late in the game, after Clemente shot a free throw, KU’s Tyrel Reed boxed him out and started to drive him back. Clemente responded by smacking Reed on the right side of the head with his open right hand.

If the Big 12 launches an investigation into the matter, it won’t be because Kansas coach Bill Self asked for it.

“Yes,” Self responded when asked if he saw it while watching game tape. “I’m not going to do anything. I’m not calling any attention to it. But, yeah, I saw it. You can’t help but see it if you watch the tape. But, no, I’m not going to do anything. It’s a dead issue. That game’s over, so we’ve got to put our focus on Iowa State. I’m definitely not going to spend any time on that.”

Big 12 spokesman Rob Carolla said "the Big 12 Conference is reviewing the situation that occurred near the end of the Kansas-Kansas State game on Saturday."


karmaxs3 9 years, 3 months ago

You'd think that a basketball player with the obvious talent Clemente has could play a clean game and not resort to that kind of tactic to gain an advantage. Players like that disgust me, and I'm so glad to see our KU teams year after year taking the high road on that kind of play. (even when it means losing in the tournament to a team like UCLA who plays like Clemente!)

Thanks Bill, for keeping our team from being a bunch of thugs. And thanks to our players who play well and work hard and keep it an honest game!

dlkrm 9 years, 3 months ago

Self should lobby for action against the offender. Coaches should stand up for enforcement of the rules rather than pretending like they're focused on bigger issues. The thug needs punished, what bigger issue is there?

Jock Navels 9 years, 3 months ago

I think the "Morris twins' have both asked politely that they be treated as two separate individuals. They aren't thugs. They are teenagers playing basketball at a college. The folks on these comment streams need to lay off them. Someday they may be eloquent alumni.

mom_of_three 9 years, 3 months ago

Now, Reed didn't react to the slap. Does anyone know if he actually realized what had happened?

MIke Mallory 9 years, 3 months ago

yeah he new he got slapped, sherron had to restrain him from beating his a__ which he needs. hey punk, come to Lawrence and try to get your respect here, you wouldnt last one minute..

Evan Ridenour 9 years, 3 months ago

The difference between the Morris twins and Clemente has a lot to do with coaching. Self will yank a player and sit them for the rest of the game for pulling stuff that Clemente does while Martin does nothing.

In the long run, that kind of coaching makes a big difference.

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