And Bobby Hurley makes five.
By my count there have been five instances of coaches calling meaningless, in-your-face timeouts since late last season.
That’s a significant percentage, considering the calendar.
Here’s the rundown, and keep in mind: In no instance was the outcome of the game in doubt.
Feb. 23, 2017: Steve Alford calls timeout against ASU with 23 seconds left.
Feb. 25, 2017: Alford calls timeout against Arizona with less than two seconds left.
March 10, 2017: Sean Miller calls timeout against UCLA in the conference tournament with 0.9 seconds left.
March 12 – Dec. 28, 2017: NO CONFERENCE GAMES
Jan. 10, 2018: Andy Enfield calls timeout against Colorado with 21 seconds left.
Feb. 10, 2018: Hurley calls timeouts against UCLA with 36 and 13 seconds left.
As you can see, the number is actual significant relative to the calendar:
Five cases in the past three months of intra-conference games.
One coach, you might have noted, has been involved in four of them.
(Thanks to Doug Haller at azcentral.com for pointing out the Feb. 23 instance. I had missed that one.)
Best we can tell, the Enfield timeout was rooted in his distaste for Tad Boyle’s comments about the FBI investigation.
The other four seem to be sourced in nothing other than rubbing the opposing coach’s face in the loss, forcing him to stand there, surround by his team, waiting to get the hell off the court.
Two of those four would appear to be payback.
Which brings us to these conclusions:
1. It. Looks. Bad.
2. It detracts from the games and the players.
3. It’s probably not yet enough of an issue for the conference to step in (with threats of reprimands and fines), but we’re fast approaching that point.
(How do you fine a coach for calling a timeout? Explain that it’s up to the conference’s discretion, then assess the penalty when it’s obvious.
(Up 11 with 50 seconds left: Not obvious. Up 11 with five seconds left: Obvious. But hopefully, the threat would serve as enough of a deterrent.)
4. No. 1 and 2.
To their credit, I suppose, the coaches have kept the internecine spats to the court.
They smile at each other before games and shake hands after games and, when asked, always explain away the timeouts as necessary to late-game execution and tactics … even though there is no need for tactics when you’re ahead by double digits with a few seconds remaining.
So we’re left with the unseemly game-within-the-game, wondering where it will head next. (Vegas, anyone?)
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Source:: East Bay – Sports