Pac-12 Was Right Not to Suspend California Head Coach Mike Montgomery For Allen Crabbe Shove

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On Sunday night, the Pac-12 Conference announced an official reprimand for California head coach Mike Montgomery.

Although the details of the official punishment were not noted to the public, the Pac-12 did make it clear that Montgomery would not be suspended for his actions. The altercation in question dated back to the Golden Bears’ previous game against USC. During a timeout, Montgomery was seen shoving leading scorer Allen Crabbe during a timeout.

Crabbe was forced out of the timeout following the incident, but did return to the game just moments later. In fact, Crabbe, who is the team’s leading scorer on the season, finished the game with 23 points and ten rebounds, guiding the Golden Bears to a crucial conference victory over the Trojans.

The conference’s decision to reprimand Montgomery was probably seen as pretty obvious. However, it does appear that the public perception following the incident is not being too widely blown out of proportion. That’s a good thing. It could very well have been a situation where Montgomery was trying to fire up his leading scorer and top player maker, not to mention the fact that this game was one the California could not afford to muster up if they hope to continue their pursuit of a berth within the NCAA Tournament.

Take a look at the video clip of the incident below:

http://youtu.be/9RQ74cAZT1M

It’s a good move by the conference however, not to suspend Montgomery.

It was a spur of the moment situation that will likely never happen again. Although it is one that should never have happened in the first place, the Golden Bears do not need any negative attention and they certainly need to be at full strength if they are going to continue their streak.

 

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