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.”
(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.
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 LaSalle at the Sprint Center.
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.