Tuesday’s news involving health and safety in sports:
* Cal men’s basketball coach Mike Montgomery has found himself in the spotlight for shoving one of his players during a game last weekend, Yahoo!Sports reported.
Early in the second half of his team’s match-up against USC on Sunday night, Cal coach Mike Montgomery didn’t like the attitude or focus star guard Allen Crabbe was displaying.
“He had no expression,” Montgomery told reporters after the game. “Mentally, he just needed a wake-up call.”
Montgomery’s way of firing up Crabbe was a hard two-handed shove to the chest during a timeout, an action that led to what appeared to be an angry exchange of words between the two on the sideline. Forward Richard Solomon eventually intervened and he and guard Justin Cobbs escorted Crabbe back to the tunnel for a few minutes to cool down before reentering the game.
The Associated Press reported that the Pac-12 has reprimanded Montgomery for the shove.
“While emotions can run high in competitive environments, Pac-12 coaches are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that will reflect credit on the institution and the conference,” Commissioner Larry Scott said. “Each Pac-12 coach must be aware that they are an example to student-athletes and other students, and consistent with this influence and visibility, must meet a particularly high standard.”
* Speaking of coaching, Grantland.com’s Brian Phillips tried to explain what he called the complicated relationship between a team’s fans and its coach.
* WTOP-TV wrote about a Virginia bill that is trying to expand the state’s concussion laws to a larger number of youth sports.
* WGCL-TV in Atlanta reported on a new concussion bill in Georgia that would do more than just lay out guidelines for dealing with concussions.
* Also, WGCL-TV reported on how cheerleaders are at risk for concussions.
* A Windsor (Ontario) Star columnist called concussions the silent epidemic of youth.
* Canadian skiing coaches are using a different device for downhill training — a trampoline, according to the Toronto Globe and Mail.
– Bill Bradley, contributing editor