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Sunday, March 7, 2010
Handshakes optional

By Diamond Leung

Saturday featured a couple of games after which the time-honored tradition of postgame handshakes wasn't exactly followed.

Siena coach Fran McCaffery made most of his players leave the bench with time winding down during a MAAC quarterfinal game so they wouldn't have to be in the handshake line after a physical win against Manhattan.

Siena Saints Blog has video of McCaffery explaining the move and getting testy when the media tried to question him about it.
The Siena coach ordered his players back into the locker room after Siena’s 78-61 win over the Jaspers Saturday night. McCaffery was so insistent that when he found Kyle Downey still sitting at the end of the bench he told him leave the sideline immediately.

In the post game press conference Coach McCaffery claimed it was to protect against any form of altercation between the two team’s players, but refused to go into greater detail.

Meanwhile, USC coach Kevin O'Neill, in his return to Arizona, was so upset (mainly with the officiating) that he didn't wait around to shake the hands of his former players while they celebrated Nic Wise beating the buzzer again for the win.

According to the Arizona Daily Star:
UA players seemed annoyed that, after O'Neill shook hands with (Arizona coach Sean) Miller, he promptly walked off the court while the Wildcats celebrated at halfcourt.

When Arizona's Nic Wise was asked if he talked to O'Neill before or after the game, teammate Jamelle Horne cut him off.

"Not even after the game," Horne said. "He didn't shake our hands after the game."