HUNTINGTON - First, it's a quarter. Next thing you know, it's an elbow.
It seems Tom Herrion can't stay away from unusual contact during basketball games.
In one of the strangest incidents you'll ever see, the Marshall head coach was the victim of a flagrant foul after a Central Florida basket. No, not one of his players. Herrion himself.
It seems that right after Tristan Spurlock scored at the 4:11 mark, UCF teammate Isaiah Sykes delivered a passing elbow to the coach, who was about to direct the next Herd possession. Suddenly, Herrion was clutching the area of his heart.
Flagrant fouls are reviewable, so officials stopped play and checked out the monitors for some time. After a lengthy conference, Sykes was assessed a flagrant foul, Marshall was awarded two shots (Damier Pitts hit one) and possession.
It was determined that Sykes was in no way forced down the sidelines, and that the elbow was not inadvertent. Herrion wouldn't address the incident after the game, calling it a "non-story."
His players may razz him forever, though. It's the hardest the coach has been hit since he took a flying quarter to the cheek.
"Oh, my God!" Kane exclaimed, laughing. "Had a heart attack. He's getting treatment right now, too."
UCF coach Donnie Jones took the call in stride, for the most part. Afterward, he said he hadn't seen that particular call, but has witnessed the hazards of sideline duty.
"I've seen Billy Donovan get run over one time. Other than that, that's it."
Reach Doug Smock at 304-444-1083 or dougsm...@wvgazette.com.