Oklahoma State Cowboys head men’s basketball coach Travis Ford is a fiery individual, which is kind of the law in Stillwater, but even he takes it a bit too far sometimes.
Per a report from NewsOK, Ford was ejected from his son Brooks’ high school game for, surprise surprise, yelling at an official!
Ron Holt, longtime journalist and weekly columnist for the Stillwater News Press, told The Oklahoman that Ford said, “Blow your whistle,” in response to physical play underneath the basket, prompting one of the game officials to turn and ask him to leave the gymnasium.
Holt said that Ford again said, “Blow your whistle,” and, “Do your job,” before being escorted out of the gym by Bixby athletic director Mark Chambers.
“There was a possible foul underneath the goal as a Stillwater player went in for a layup,” Holt said, “which caused Stillwater coaches and fans to voice displeasure with the no-call.
“The ref never warned him, he just looked at him and said, ‘You’re gone.’”
Other sources, including local radio broadcaster Bill Van Ness commented on the situation.
Look, I get it. Ford is a passionate individual who was just being a proud parent at his son’s basketball game, but there’s a limit. In a high school game, yelling at the ref should be saved for the coaches and the coaches only, and only the ones who are actually involved in the game. No matter how you look at it, though Ford didn’t do anything to put his position with the university in jeopardy, this does not look good under any circumstances.
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