Pac-12 issues no further penalties for Stanford, Cal

Pac-12 issues no further penalties for Stanford, Cal
March 7, 2013, 6:30 pm
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The men's Pac-12 basketball tournament opens next Wednesday in Las Vegas. (AP)

Stanford defeated Cal on Wednesday night 83-70, but nobody will remember Chasson Randle's 20 points, or Allen Crabbe's 24.

People will remember it for years to come because of what took place with 5:04 remaining in the second half, and Stanford leading 72-53.

Following a tie up between Stanford guard Aaron Bright and Crabbe, several members of both teams became involved in a skirmish that included pushing, shoving, and even some attempted "punches."

Six technical fouls were levied, Stanford guard Gabe Harris and Cal forward Richard Solomon were ejected, Stanford assistants Charles Payne and Mark Madsen, plus director of operations Jeff LaMere were tossed, and Cal assistant Greg Gottlieb was also ejected (the NCAA has a rule in place that does not permit assistants from coming onto the floor to help defuse any altercations).

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There was much discussion following the game whether or not the Pac-12 would enact further penalties. Both teams can breathe easy, because the conference issued the following statement Thursday evening:

"The incident that occurred during last night's basketball game between California and Stanford has been reviewed by the Pac-12 Conference office and no further penalties will be assessed. As is our standard operating procedure, we will be following-up with all individuals involved in the incident to reinforce the application of the playing rules relative to player and coach conduct."

Stanford will be back on action next Wednesday for the opening round of the Pac-12 Tournament in Las Vegas, while Cal has a first-round bye and will open their quest for the tournament championship next Thursday.

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