Kansas coach Bill Self has perhaps learned a harsh lesson after this year’s NCAA Tournament: Don’t break the NCAA’s equipment.
The NCAA on Wednesday issued Self a public reprimand and an undisclosed fine for “misconduct” during the NCAA opening rounds at the Sprint Center in Kansas City. Self’s crime: He accidentally damaged an LED scorers table when he struck it during the first half of Kansas’ victory over North Carolina.
Self, of course, had a few reasons to be frustrated. The No. 1-seed Jayhawks trailed North Carolina 30-21 at halftime before pulling away in the second half.
NCAA guidelines define misconduct as “any act of dishonesty, unsportsmanlike conduct, unprofessional behavior or breach of law, occurring from the time the championship field is announced through the end of the championship that discredits the event or intercollegiate athletics.”
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(And you thought the NCAA had lost some of its disciplinary teeth.)
“Coach Self’s actions were out of line with the committee’s expectations that championship participants act in a manner that represents the highest standards of sportsmanship,” said Ron Wellman, chair of the Division I men’s basketball committee and athletic director at Wake Forest.
Wichita State senior associate athletics director Darron Boatright also received a public reprimand for misconduct for an incident involving Staples Center security staff in Los Angeles.
“Boatright had a verbal confrontation with the Staples Center security staff prior to Wichita State’s regional semifinal contest against La Salle,” the NCAA said.
Boatright works closely with the men’s basketball program and traveled with the team to all of its NCAA games.
In a news release, WSU athletic director Eric Sexton said Boatright told him of the incident, which occurred while the Shockers prepared to practice on March 27, and apologized to the staff members.
"We accept the reprimand issued today by the NCAA Men's Basketball Committee,” Sexton said in the news release. “Darron immediately informed me, and the NCAA representatives present, of what had occurred. Further, he went back to the security team to acknowledge the mishandling of our team's entrance to practice and apologized for his response to the mistake. We do not take this lightly, and will work to represent our institution, in every instance, with the class that it represents and deserves."
Boatright declined to comment.
The NCAA also issued a “public reprimand” to Ole Miss guard Marshall Henderson for an obscene gesture he made after his school’s loss to La Salle at the Sprint Center.
Contributing: Paul Suellentrop