Foul Treatment for a Fallen Coach

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College coach Tom Penders earned a technical foul after collapsing on a basketball court. Refs assumed he was objecting to their calls. But they didn't reverse the "T," even after Penders was revived and carried off for medical aid.


This week Conference USA said its referees exercised poor judgment when they upheld a technical foul on basketball Coach Tom Penders of University of Houston. One of Houston's players was called for a foul late in the first half of last Saturday's night's game against the University of Alabama, Birmingham. And Coach Penders fell to his knees and passed out along the sidelines. Refs thought the coach was being just a little melodramatic. They called a technical foul against him, but the crowd hushed when he didn't get up and had to be taken off the court in a stretcher.

The referees apparently thought this was all part of an elaborate act and refused to reverse their call. It turns out that Coach Penders, who is 60, suffers from a congenital heart condition and has a defribulator implanted in his chest. The coach returned to the second half but Houston lost by three points. Will Conference USA referees now fine Wilt Chamberlain for not showing up for a game?

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