go to MSN.com
Originally written on Larry Brown Sports  |  Last updated 2/18/13

Cal picked up a crucial 76-68 win over USC on Sunday night, but the team’s come-from-behind victory after facing a 15-point deficit in the second half has taken a back seat to a more controversial discussion. During a timeout in the second half, Cal head coach Mike Montgomery became frustrated with junior guard Allen Crabbe and let him know about it by giving him a stern, two-handed shove to the chest. Montgomery says he was trying to get Crabbe’s head in the game, but many people thought the physical contact crossed the line. “He had no expression,” Montgomery told reporters after the game, via The Dagger. “Mentally, he just needed a wakeup call.” Crabbe was clearly upset by the shove, as he needed some of his teammates and a trip toward the tunnel to finally cool down. For what it’s worth, he ended up scoring 10 points in the final 4:20 of the game to spark the Bears’ comeback victory. And after the game, Crabbe hardly seemed upset over the exchange. “It was coach using his way of motivating me,” he said in his postgame press conference. ”There was nothing wrong with it. It was just spur of the moment. An emotional game was going on at the time and he was trying to motivate me. But everything’s fine. It’s under the bridge. He’s my coach. No hard feelings about it.” Montgomery joked with reporters that his motivation tactic worked before admitting that he “probably overdid it a little bit.” “We were standing around. Nobody was ready to play,” he said. ”Allen had come down twice, he’d gone to the wrong side of the floor and his guy shot two threes in. I was trying to get him going. … Allen’s my guy. I need him. We can’t win if he’s not ready to play.” This is the third season Montgomery has coached Crabbe, so you could argue that he simply knows how to get through to one of his best players. Had Cal gone on to lose, the postgame discussion may have been much different. While I personally feel that the shove does not require any disciplinary action, we should note that coaches at the lower levels have been fired for allegedly making contact with players. In the 21st century, it’s usually best to just keep your hands off the youngsters you are coaching. The post Did Cal coach Mike Montgomery cross the line in shoving Allen Crabbe? (Video) appeared first on Larry Brown Sports. Related posts: LSU’s Sam Montgomery Had ‘No Idea’ Who Bear Bryant Was Jeremy Lin’s agent Roger Montgomery also applied for ‘Linsanity’ trademark? Larry Brown drops Allen Iverson ‘practice’ reference in SMU speech (Video)

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
3 Comments:
  • Yes he did! But what made it worse was his initial statemsnt saying it was blown out of proportion because another player got involved. The other player got between the two people, and took his teammate off the floor. Later he took responsibility for his actions, after his AD commented.
  • BFD
  • Yes he did I realize these kids make mistakes, but no reason
    for the shoving.
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

USA-Germany: Rivals meet in World Cup semis

Kings reportedly looking into viability of firing Karl

Jim Brown: I ‘encourage and support’ Johnny Manziel

Vincent criticizes NFLPA over spending millions on lawsuits

MLB urges Supreme Court to deny San Jose's A's appeal

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Jeanie Buss: Phil Jackson loves the Twitter criticism

Vikings RB McKinnon: If I had a fantasy team, I'd take myself

Report: Kings have had discussions with John Calipari

De’Andre Johnson charged with misdemeanor battery

Russell Wilson on salary: If it's $25M or $1.5M, I'll be ready to go

Luke Ridnour reportedly traded for fourth time in a week

Fan who caught A-Rod’s 3,000th says he’s received threats

Diamondbacks are contenders, but team's direction is unclear

Selecting the 2015 American League All-Stars

Jim Harbaugh is recruiting a prospect he once babysat

Conan makes Marshawn's wildest dreams come true

Brett Favre dons Packers jersey, says, 'I think I could still play'

Bo Knows, Bo Goes: Wisconsin feels pride and pain

Popovich won't call free agents at midnight, he'll be in bed

Joe Buck explains why he quit Twitter

Should the White Sox and Indians become sellers?

Fan bases most deserving of a Super Bowl 50 win

2015 NBA Draft grades: Eastern Conference

College Basketball News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
RUMORS & GOSSIP

USA-Germany: Rivals meet in World Cup semis

4:30 p.m. ET: Aside from the final, the most anticipated game of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup is upon us. The United States women’s national soccer team faces Germany on Tuesday at the Olympic Stadium in Montreal for the right to advance to the title game of women’s soccer’s premier global competition. Team USA sits second behind only Germany in the latest FIFA rankings...
Via NESN.com
1 hour ago

Kings reportedly looking into viability of firing Karl

One of the things potentially standing in the way of the Sacramento Kings firing George Karl after just months on the job is the $10 million he’s owed over the final three years of his contract. According to Yahoo Sports NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski, Kings’ brass is now looking into the viability of being able to fire Karl with cause: Per Wojo’s report: “Sacramento...
Via Sportsnaut
2 hours ago

Jim Brown: I ‘encourage and support’ Johnny Manziel

Johnny Manziel may have lost the faith of a number of Cleveland Browns fans after the way he performed both on and off the field last season, but arguably the greatest player in franchise history still supports him. Jim Brown, who has never been shy about criticizing his former team’s players, told USA Today’s Jarrett...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
3 hours ago

Vincent criticizes NFLPA over spending millions on lawsuits

NFL executive vice president of football operations Troy Vincent indicated in a recent interview with ESPN that the NFL Players Association is wasting valuable financial resources in challenging his boss, Roger Goodell, in court. “Look at the amount of money being spent on legal fees for a handful of people,” the former NFL defensive back told ESPN. “It’s millions and...
Via Sportsnaut
4 hours ago

MLB urges Supreme Court to deny San Jose's A's appeal

Overshadowed by last week’s series of momentous decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court, Major League Baseball recently filed a brief with the Court urging it to reject an appeal by the city of San Jose, California in the on-going dispute over the future home of the Oakland Athletics. As I noted at the time San […]
Via Fangraphs
5 hours ago

Jeanie Buss: Phil Jackson loves the Twitter criticism

Phil Jackson joined Twitter a little over two years ago, and in doing so opened himself up to the endless criticism professional athletes, coaches and executives are always dealing with. But don’t worry, it doesn’t bother the legendary coach. In fact, he loves it. In a lengthy interview with Sam Amick of USA Today Sports...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
4 hours ago

Vikings RB McKinnon: If I had a fantasy team, I'd take myself

To say that the Minnesota Vikings group of running backs are hitting the 2015 season overflowing with confidence would be an understatement. In addition to Adrian Peterson proclaiming himself the best running back in the game, second-year player Jerick McKinnon is apparently feeling really positive about this year. “If I had a fantasy team and could take myself, I would....
Via Sportsnaut
5 hours ago

Report: Kings have had discussions with John Calipari

John Calipari finds his name wrapped up in the NBA rumor mill every offseason, but the newest situation he has been linked to is complicated even by his standards. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports reports that the Sacramento Kings have been in contact with Calipari to gauge his interest in taking over the team’s front-office...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
5 hours ago

De’Andre Johnson charged with misdemeanor battery

FSU QB De'Andre Johnson has been charged with misdemeanor battery by the State Attorney's office.
Via Gamedayr
6 hours ago

Russell Wilson on salary: If it's $25M or $1.5M, I'll be ready to go

The protracted contract negotiations between Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks that seemingly have been going nowhere for some time now has been one of biggest stories dominating the headlines during the NFL offseason. Comments the quarterback made during an interview with ESPN — and another cryptic tweet — surely are going to ratchet up...Read More The post Russell Wilson...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
7 hours ago
Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.