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Views from the bench

What other Big Ten and ACC basketball coaches are saying about fan behavior and players’ reactions after Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart shoved a fan:

“As a coach I hear it. I hear stuff that is amazing. It is amazing the stuff I hear. I just choose to ignore it. But for young people, for anybody, it is hard to ignore. You hear some amazing things, and you personally get attacked.”

Jeff Bzdelik, Wake Forest

“When you are in this position and in the limelight the way these athletes are, you just kind of know that’s part of it. It is unfortunate when fans do cross the line. There are a lot of great fans who are passionate and cheer for their teams, but when certain fans cross the line and go to areas where they shouldn’t go, it is tough on these kids to be able to be big enough to walk away.”

Chris Collins,


“The way I handle it with our team is we have no ears. We focus in on the game. We don’t care what people say or do. It just doesn’t matter. You are not going to change that one idiot out there that is saying things.”

Steve Donahue,

Boston College

“For a player to go after a guy, based on what I’ve heard, I’m surprised it hasn’t happened more.”

Fran McCaffery, Iowa

“I’m not sure if I would say it’s a new generation or anything like that. I haven’t seen any stats to back up that there are more of these occasions happening. There’s always intensity. There’s always flare-ups. There’s always guys that maybe lose discipline and cross the line a little bit as basketball players, whether it be with a fellow competitor or whatever it is.”

Tim Miles, Nebraska