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Cleveland State assistant Jermaine Kimbrough suspended one game for comments on officiating

Nov 27, 2013, 5:51 PM EDT


In the immediate aftermath of Cleveland State’s hard-fought loss at No. 3 Kentucky on Monday night, assistant coach Jermaine Kimbrough took to Twitter to voice his displeasure with the officiating. With Kentucky attempting 11 free throws in the final seven minutes of the game, Kimbrough wasn’t alone in his opinion that the whistles were a bit too much.

Unfortunately for Kimbrough his public display (since deleted, as was his Twitter account) was captured, and for the comments he has been suspended one game as announced by the Horizon League on Wednesday afternoon. Kimbrough will not be on the bench Saturday night when the Vikings host Ball State.

“CSU assistant coach Jermaine Kimbrough’s comments about the officiating after the CSU-Kentucky men’s basketball game on Monday, November 25th were unacceptable,” Cleveland State AD John Parry said in the release. “As a result, coach Kimbrough has been suspended for the CSU-Ball State game scheduled on Saturday, November 30th.”

Kimbrough’s frustration is certainly understandable but public remarks about the officiating tend to result in some sort of reprimand or, in the case of Kimbrough, a suspension. Cleveland State, led by forward Anton Grady and guards Bryn Forbes and Trey Lewis, is currently 3-3 on the season and they’ve lost two of their last three games.

  1. southlyn - Nov 28, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    Too bad Jermaine gets a suspension for telling it like it was. I have no interest in either team, but it was pretty apparent that with about 7 minutes to go, and Kentucky down 10, the officiating balance shifted against Cleveland State. Phantom calls for plus 1’s, ignoring the arm bar rule against Kentucky in the defensive paint, and fouling out Cleveland State’s best interior player when he fought to regain position. Kentucky is talented enough to win games like this on its own, and not to have the win tarnished by tilted officiating.

  2. bigshag - Nov 28, 2013 at 12:46 PM

    Not exactly true…..UK guards attacked the zone interior….and received fouls for attacking the basket as the dribble drive offense is supposed to do. UK was setting screens for the guards at the top of the key and that attack of the interior created more foul shot opportunities. And the 5th foul was a foul – regaining position does not allow a “hook” as is REQUIRED to be called this season…not last or previous.

    They quit settling for jumpers and attacked the zone..hence more fouls down the stretch. Also there were three phantom fouls on Randle, An Harrison and Cailey-Stein during that same time frame.

    the majority of the problem lies with the refs not being consistent with the calls as this season progresses…..simple fact of referee inconsistency played a larger part……and if you think the refs helped UK you must be maniacal.- most everyone who is not a fan HATES UK. Includiing the referees

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