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Old Tue Jan 24, 2006, 12:54pm
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Coach learns hard way: Some refs show no mercy
We know officials and coaches sometimes don’t get along, but this is ridiculous.

Conference USA said Monday that officials “exercised poor judgment” when they upheld a technical foul on Houston coach Tom Penders after he collapsed during a game against UAB last Saturday.

Penders, a former Texas coach, passed out on the sideline late in the first half of Houston’s 82-79 loss and was carried off the court on a stretcher and given oxygen. He returned to coach the second half.

Penders dropped to his knees, then fell face down. Officials called a technical foul on Penders, apparently thinking he was reacting to a foul call.

Penders, 60, has cardiomyopathy, a congenital heart condition, and had a defibrillator implanted in his chest in 1997.

The officials refused to reverse the technical after Penders received medical attention, and UAB’s Carldell Johnson made both free throws.

Penders did not realize he had been called for a technical until after the game. When he found out, he said the call was “extremely poor judgment on the officials’ part.”
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Old Tue Jan 24, 2006, 01:36pm
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Sports radio here in Houston climbed all over that one.
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Old Tue Jan 24, 2006, 01:46pm
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So..........why didn't they take it back? Obviously, the paramedics would have come in before the 2 freethrows were shot.
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Old Tue Jan 24, 2006, 01:57pm
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there has to be something more to the story than what we are hearing.
CUSA is a pretty leinent conference on the coaches.
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Old Tue Jan 24, 2006, 01:58pm
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Who is to say that the reason that he collapsed was because of the heart condition, rather than the collapse caused the heart reaction?

If you saw the play originally and did not know anything else, you would have thought he was showing up the officials because of a call that went against his team.

I know it is great to Monday Morning QB this play, but when do we take back calls when we make them in the heat of the moment? Has anyone ever called a foul and decided to take it back because we think there was no foul (I am not talking about a double whistle situation either)? Either way the official's judgment is going to be questioned. If they take back the technical foul, then someone is going to say they should not have taken it back (either because the coach was faking or there is no rule to support it).

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Old Tue Jan 24, 2006, 02:07pm
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