INDIANAPOLIS (AP) _ The NCAA is making bench decorum a point of
emphasis for the upcoming basketball season. The college sports
governing body is warning coaches to expect a whistle without
warning for a variety of unsportsmanlike actions.
Among the actions that can draw a technical foul include
disrespectfully addressing an official or attempting to influence
an official's decision, using abusive or profane language, taunting
an opponent, inciting undesirable crowd reactions and coming onto
the court without permission of an official to attend to an injured
The rules will also apply to assistant coaches, other team
personnel and players on the bench.
The NCAA is providing incentives for referees who are consistent
in enforcing the rules. Those that do will be given preferential
consideration for conference and NCAA tournament assignments.
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