We’ve reported on lots of stories over the years of coaches who got a little upset and lashed out at someone: their own players, another coach, a referee, and sometimes a parent or fan. But a timekeeper? That’s what officials with Cape Breton University (Canada) are saying about St. Francis Xavier University X-Men assistant Garry Gallimore after a heated contest between the two schools Wednesday night. What happened is a little confusing (does anyone have the video) so I’ll let the National Post tell it to you:
With the score 90 to 86 in the Capers’ favour and 14 seconds left on the clock, the X-Men called for a time out. A Cape Breton student who was a volunteer official stopped the clock but the buzzer was apparently not heard in the noisy auditorium, leaving the X-Men coach agitated. “You could hear it and see it. He pounded on the table in front of the kid,” said Mr. Harker. “Then Garry Gallimore [an assistant coach for the X-Men] entered the scene by leaning over and smacking the official in the head.” The alleged smack brought a bench-clearing confrontation between players. Officials separated the teams without additional incident, although Courtney Thomas, a Capers forward, was ejected from the game for being first off the bench. Mr. Gallimore was also ejected from the game and police escorted him out of the auditorium, Mr. Harker said.
You’re a married 43-year-old coach and father of two, but you happen to meet this hot girl at a basketball tournament. What do you do? Well, if you are Erik Brandon Ross of Los Angeles, you allegedly exchange phone numbers with the girl, then hook up with her at a hotel room, have some booze and then sex. And then you get caught and get charged with four counts of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor and eight counts of oral copulation with a minor. Here’s more from MSNBC:
On Jan. 24, Glendale police received a report that Ross “had engaged in sexual encounters with underage females,” Lorenz said in a statement.”The victim in the recent case is a 16-year-old female student/basketball player of a Los Angeles area high school and club team,” Lorenz said.Lorenz said Ross met the girl while coaching an independent girl’s youth basketball team last summer, and she did not play on his team but was participating in a tournament. He said they exchanged phone numbers and began having a relationship, and that “in December of 2008, Ross took the victim to a motel in Glendale, provided alcohol and engaged her sexually over a period of time.” Police believe there is a “strong likelihood” that Ross was involved with other underage girls, and other possible victims were asked to contact Glendale police.
Just when you thought the whole Aubrey Coleman stomping on Chase Budinger’s face was about over. Sure, the University of Houston wimped out and didn’t do anything to discipline Coleman for this “accident” but now basketball coach Tom “See No Evil” Penders thinks ESPN doctored the footage of the incident.
“Yeah, I saw it. I thought it was a real — they doctored it up. They put this X-ray vision thing in to make it look like Aubrey [Coleman] was looking down, which painted a very poor picture of what actually happened. You have replays from the game where they went through the entire sequence and slow motion and everything else and Aubrey’s eyes never look anything but straight ahead and up to the ceiling when the officials give him the charge signal. ESPN made it look like he was looking down. I thought it was a total distortion.”
For those of you who missed it the first 1000 times ESPN showed it, here it is again. Please note: watch how many “normal” steps Coleman takes before lifting his foot high enough to get above Budinger’s face and step down on it. If it was truly accidental, wouldn’t his right foot have bumped into Budinger, making him trip? And if Coleman did see him well enough to have lifted the foot, why not just stop and/or make the effort to clear him? This is such a playground move. “Was that your face?” Penders a fool if he thinks this was accidental.