The rules also call for a technical if a coach, in an effort to show displeasure over a call, "emphatically removing one's coat ... or throwing equipment or clothing onto the floor.''
The rule does suggest that officials "should permit certain behavior by the head coach who engages in spontaneous reaction to officiating calls'' as long as the coach remains in the coaching box and the actions are not prolonged or egregious.
Still, it has never been in the rule book that a coach cannot raise his arms in disgust or shed his jacket. He doesn't even have to throw it. It is possible grounds for a technical if he "emphatically'' removes it.
Well, Huggins has at least eliminated that possibility by not wearing a coat.
West Virginia's players, of course, are well versed in Huggins' reaction at times to officiating calls. But even they can't believe that it would be grounds for a technical foul. Deniz Kilicli looked over a copy of the new rules Wednesday during media day - he and Jabarie Hinds were the WVU players on hand with Huggins - and he, too, shrugged them off. But he also pointed out that if the rules are enforced as they are written, it's just not good for the game in some respects.
"I think it just kills all the emotion you have,'' the WVU senior said. "But it's not going to change [Huggins]. You know better than I do, he's always been a guy who does whatever he does. He's going to be more careful about what he's doing, I'm sure, but it's not like he's acting. Nobody's acting. It's just what you do. It's just who you are.''
Still, it is going to be interesting to see how officials handle the new, more-specific rules. Big 12 supervisor of officials Curtis Shaw gave a presentation on officiating Wednesday and pointed out that if the rules are on the books and they aren't enforced, then officials who aren't enforcing them might be less likely to be chosen for choice assignments, specifically conference and NCAA tournaments.
But Shaw - a former official who might have called more technical fouls during his career than any other official in the game's history (his 621 between 1997 and 2008, for instance, was 152 more than any other official, according to Statsheet.com) - also said he was of the opinion that coaches who are prone to such antics will adapt quickly.
"Our coaches are really smart,'' Shaw said. "They know what they can and cannot do. And they know who they can and cannot do it to.''
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