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LSU coach Dale Brown tosses sportcoat onto UK floor, 1976

Posted on February 7, 2017 | in Uncategorized | by
A frustrated LSU coach Dale Brown tossed his plaid sportcoat onto the Kentucky emblem at midcourt in a Feb. 2, 1976 Memorial Coliseum game that was marred by four technical fouls, 53 fouls, 63 free-throw attempts, a six-minute stoppage in play that resulted in a five-point play and Brown being escorted from the game officials' locker room by a university police officer. The Tigers started the game hot and had a 34-21 lead after Kenny Higgs' five-point play. Kentucky's Larry Johnson fouled Higgs hard on a made basket and was assessed a technical. UK coach Joe B. Hall was given a technical after saying the call was "horse manure", or words to that effect. "They (the officials) don't realize that's not a dirty word in the Bluegrass," Hall joked after the game. After the delay, UK started a comeback, one that Brown felt was helped by the officials, culminating with his double technicals in the second half. "Joe Hall won the game and he should be complimented," Brown later said. "He intimidated the officials." Immediately after the game Brown followed the officials to their small dressing room under the Coliseum. The coach didn't bother to close the door as he said, "Reggie (Copeland), you let them call you an S.O.B. (an epithet emphatically denied by Hall) and you didn't have the guts to throw him out! You let an assistant coach bat the ball halfway across the floor!" A campus policeman then entered the room to escort Brown out. "Get your arm off me, fella," Brown said. "These guys (the campus police) are as bush league as they are (the officials)!" Brown later went to the UK locker room to shake Hall's hand. "I could match every complaint he had," Hall said. "After the game he was complaining generally about the officials and I was generally agreeing with him." Photo by E. Martin Jessee | staff

A frustrated LSU coach Dale Brown tossed his plaid sportcoat onto the Kentucky emblem at midcourt, Feb. 2, 1976, at Memorial Coliseum. The game was marred by four technical fouls, 53 fouls, 63 free-throw attempts, a six-minute stoppage in play that resulted in a five-point play, and Brown being escorted from the game officials’ locker room by a university police officer. The Tigers started the game hot and had a 34-21 lead after Kenny Higgs’ five-point play. Kentucky’s Larry Johnson fouled Higgs hard on a made basket and was assessed a technical. UK coach Joe B. Hall was given a technical after saying the call was “horse manure,” or words to that effect. “They (the officials) don’t realize that’s not a dirty word in the Bluegrass,” Hall joked after the game. After the delay, UK started a comeback, one that Brown thought was helped by the officials, culminating with his double technicals in the second half. “Joe Hall won the game and he should be complimented,” Brown later said. “He intimidated the officials.” Immediately after the game, Brown followed the officials to their small dressing room under the Coliseum. The coach didn’t bother to close the door as he said, “Reggie (Copeland), you let them call you an S.O.B. (an epithet emphatically denied by Hall) and you didn’t have the guts to throw him out! You let an assistant coach bat the ball halfway across the floor!” A campus police officer then entered the room to escort Brown out. “Get your arm off me, fella,” Brown said. “These guys (the campus police) are as bush league as they are (the officials)!” Brown later went to the UK locker room to shake Hall’s hand. “I could match every complaint he had,” Hall said. “After the game he was complaining generally about the officials, and I was generally agreeing with him.” Click on the image for a closer look. And click here to read the stories on the game form the Lexington Leader and the Lexington Herald. Photo by E. Martin Jessee | Staff

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