I’ve never seen anything quite like this.
Kentucky coach John Calipari was ejected 2:26 into the Wildcats’ huge game Saturday at South Carolina after receiving two back-to-back technical fouls.
It’s currently unclear what led to Calipari’s first technical. The situation came about after South Carolina’s Mindaugas Kacinas received an over-the-back foul while battling for an offensive rebound inside. Calipari had been upset on the previous possession when Gamecock forward Michael Carrera grabbed an offensive rebound for a put-back on what the Kentucky coach felt should have been an over-the-back call. However, the Wildcats got the next call.
Following the call, Calipari went up to the referee, Doug Sirmons, and said something, which led to a technical foul that Calipari was incredulous about in the above video. Following his brief outburst, Calipari was then issued a second technical foul, leading to this scene where he had to be restrained by his players.
Has to be the earliest ejection of Cal’s career, right? pic.twitter.com/fhM1O30x2c
— Mike Rutherford (@CardChronicle) February 13, 2016
Sirmons has something of a reputation for a quick trigger with technical fouls, both according to stats and according to coaches around the country.
Doug sermon is ridiculous! To run Calipari 2:30 into game is a joke. I’ve seen him t guys after he makes bad call. Run cal a few min later.
— Steve Lappas (@stlappas) February 13, 2016
What Doug Sirmons did today is absolutely embarrassing to college officiating. He has a short fuse and coaches for years have complained.
— Buzz Peterson (@BuzzPeterson) February 13, 2016
He had not ever given John Calipari a technical previously while at Kentucky, according to bigbluehistory.net, which has a comprehensive list of the Kentucky games he has officiated over the last 20 years.
It’ll be interesting in the coming days to see what Calipari said to earn such a quick exit.