Catching up one day after Mike Montgomery made the wrong kind of news with his angry shove of star guard Allen Crabbe during Cal’s 76-68 come-from-behind victory over USC:
– The Pac-12 Conference office issued Montgomery an official reprimand Monday for his actions. Click here for commissioner Larry Scott’s statement.
– Montgomery admits making “a mistake” in this video interview with the Pac-12 Networks. Monty said it won’t happen again, adding, ”A bad choice of motivational techniques by me.”
– Crabbe was named Pac-12 Player of the Week for the second straight week after his performances against UCLA and USC. Crabbe averaged 19.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 4.0 steals and 3.0 assists over the two games.
– BANG columnist Tim Kawakami suggests that Montgomery may owe Crabbe his job.
– BANG columnist Monte Poole weighs in, calling Montgomery’s action “shameful.”
– Former coach and ESPN analyst Seth Greenberg accepts that Montgomery is remorseful for the incident.
– The Bears’ win over USC, on the heels of victories over Oregon, Arizona and UCLA over the past three weeks, elevated Cal to No. 53 in the latest RPI computer rankings. As recently as a week ago Saturday, on the eve of the Arizona game, Cal was at No. 75.
– The Pac-12 level no further punishment on Oregon center Tony Woods, who was called for a “flagrant 2″ foul Saturday vs. Washington State. So Woods will play Thursday vs. Cal.
– No official word from Ducks coach Dana Altman on the status of one-time Salesian HS star and UO freshman point guard Dominic Artis, who has missed seven straight games with a foot injury. But Oregon senior E.J. Singler was quoted in the Spokane Spokesman-Review saying Artis has a stress fracture and likely would miss another week or two. So, he seems unlikely to face the Bears.