Back on their feet

Occasionally over the course of the history of basketball, there was a strange blip that seemed to defy convention.

One of those happened in the mid-1980s when national rules mandated that high school basketball coaches could not stand during the course of games.

It was reversed in November 1988, but only somewhat, according to the Associated Press and reprinted in the November 15, 1988 Waycross Journal-Herald:

“The high school coaches cannot stand and question calls by officials, as in college basketball. They can only stand to talk to their players or to react to an outstanding play.”

Not that arguing on your feet is a necessity.

The coaches box created from the rule change was six feet in length.

A bad night in Pinehurst

Forfeit stories from the olden days can be pretty amusing.

Unlike now when in-game forfeits occur seemingly mostly for fights or they’re determined afterwards for ineligible players, older forfeits are more fun and usually revolve around a hair-trigger decision by a coach.

On December 7, 1954, Butler head coach Mack Marchman pulled his boys team off the floor during a game in Pinehurst. The score was 14-9 at the time.

The Butler Herald from December 9 described the situation as, “Marchman apparently was dissatisfied with the referee’s decisions. Pinehurst scored all 14 of their points via the free foul shot route according to an observer.”

Arguably the toughest part for one Butler booster came minutes later.

“Mr. Alfred Robinson of Butler won the cake given as a door prize but returned it to the referee with a few kind words.”