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Originally written on Larry Brown Sports  |  Last updated 11/19/14

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)

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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.
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