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Men's Basketball: UL's Marlin apologizes for behavior surrounding ejection

Tim Buckley, The Advertiser, Feb. 10, 2020

Ragin’ Cajuns coach Bob Marlin apologized Monday for his behavior in UL’s loss last Saturday night to Georgia Southern, a game from which he was ejected.

Marlin was tossed after a pair of technical fouls called on him early in the first half, and he left the Cajundome floor only after multiple UL assistant coaches and staffers had to prevent him multiple times from charging the officials who T’d him up.

“It got a little out of hand,” Marlin said during a regularly scheduled news conference, “and certainly (was) not my intentions.

“I apologized to our staff, our team, and certainly our administration. Deserved apology also goes to our fan base and our university, because that’s not the behavior I normally exhibit.

“I thought I knew what I was doing,” Marlin added, “but evidently not.”

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Marlin — who did not meet with reporters Saturday night — suggested he wasn’t sure why he got ejected, especially early in the game.

“I don’t know. You’d have to ask the officials,” the longtime Cajuns coach said. “I mean, I didn’t curse.

“I thought a play on the other end was out of bounds on them, and when our crowd is super demonstrative, they’ve got a good beef usually.

 

“I asked the crew chief for a ruling, or did he see it, overrule him, and he said it was not in his area. He said, ‘It’s in the other guy’s area,’” Marlin added. “So when I asked him, he said, ‘It wasn’t in my area; I didn’t see it.’ So I asked him to open his eyes. And I got a technical because of that.”

A second technical from a different referee followed when Marlin persisted.

“I didn’t get a chance to get my money’s worth, to be honest,” Marlin said. “But that’s not what I wanted. I wanted to talk to the other guy.”

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Marlin’s longtime right-hand man, Cajuns assistant coach Neil Hardin, had the scout for the game, so he took over on the bench following the ejection.

“He had a great game plan in place,” Marlin said of Hardin, “and that’s something we take pride in.

“We do a great job scouting. So it doesn’t really change (anything).”

But Marlin did say “a couple things would have been different, for sure, just having a feel for the game” if he had not been tossed, with “substitutions” being one of them.

UL starting point guard Cedric Russell wound up going a full 40 minutes Saturday despite playing with an injury to his surgically repaired foot Saturday, and he wound up missing a 3-pointer and the front end of two 1-and-1s in the final minute of the 86-79 loss.

Marlin said both of “Cedric’s feet are bothering him, and to play 40 minutes, it’s a lot to ask from a young man.”

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Marlin, whose 10-14 Cajuns play Thursday night at South Alabama, also said that “our decision-making wasn’t the best either, because you can be tired and not throw the ball to the other team,” and that “you can change defenses a little bit, just on a whim.”

Instead of making decisions like defense, however, Marlin watched a Cajundome video feed — first in the UL locker room, and after halftime from his office — with his hands tied.

“You get frustrated,” he said of the experience of watching and not being able to coach.

“You look and you see a one-handed pass that’s stolen, or an uphill pass that’s stolen, and (think), ‘Why are we doing this? We didn’t work on it.’

“So you can yell at the TV a little bit,” he added, “(things) you wouldn’t yell in the game, probably.”

LAGNIAPPE

Marlin said reserve point guard Calvin Temple, who did not play last week, “tore a quad muscle” in shootaround last Thursday. Marlin said Temple started stretching again but will be out an undetermined amount of time. … Marlin also said reserve point Trajan Wesley, who has missed multiple games with a concussion, has been “really progressing” and may be able practice and “possibly” be able to play on UL’s upcoming trip. … Thursday’s game is the first of three in a row for the Cajuns, along with ones Saturday night at Troy and Feb. 22 at UL Monroe.

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