Battle of the Brains: Players, Coaches Ejected in Cal-Stanford Brawl

By John Engel
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Stanford and California have always had troubles getting along. Palo Alto versus Berkley, Cardinal versus Golden Bears, Silicon Valley versus Berzerkeley.

Though the Golden Bears have made a strong run late in the PAC-12 Conference schedule, Stanford was able to complete their first sweep over their north-bay foes in five years. The Cardinal may have won mightily with an 83-70 victory, but the win was far from fluid. Seven technical fouls were handed out, while two players and three assistant coaches were ejected.

Six technical fouls were awarded during a brawl that halted play for 15 minutes in the second half. Benches cleared after Cal star Allen Crabbe and Stanford’s Aaron Bright fought for control of the ball. Crabbe then followed a separation from Bright with a shove to Stanford’s Dwight Powell. Cal center Richard Solomon and Stanford’s Gabriel Harris were ejected for leaving the bench, in addition to Cal assistant coach Gregg Gottlieb and Stanford assistants Mark Madsen and Charles Payne.

“Both teams were playing hard, and emotions were running high. I don’t think anyone was doing anything that was below the belt,” said Stanford coach Johnny Dawkins following the game.

We can only imagine how entertaining the scrum may have been, with the use of words most of us will never be able to understand. When I envision a fight between two of California’s elite institutions, I hope for punches induced from a misquoted formula of quantum physics. This was probably not the case with basketball players, but one can only hope.

 John Engel is a college basketball writer for Rant Sports, covering the PAC-12 and Mountain West conferences. John works for ESPNLA 710 AM radio in addition to Rant Sports. Follow: @engelsportsguy.

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