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 thats 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 shouldnt 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 dont care what people say or do. It just doesnt matter. You are not going to change that one idiot out there that is saying things.
– Steve Donahue,
For a player to go after a guy, based on what Ive heard, Im surprised it hasnt happened more.
– Fran McCaffery, Iowa
Im not sure if I would say its a new generation or anything like that. I havent seen any stats to back up that there are more of these occasions happening. Theres always intensity. Theres always flare-ups. Theres 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