Jimmy Dykes explains how a team could ever forget their jerseys and not realize it until the game is about to start, before saying, “I’ve never seen it before. We’ll probably never see it again.” pic.twitter.com/5ZEswuBSWh
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Mild hilarity last night in Gainesville, Fla., as the men’s hoops game between Florida and Texas A&M was delayed after A&M discovered shortly before tip-off that their jerseys had been left behind at their hotel. A&M was assessed a technical foul for the delay, which Florida guard Will Richard converted, so the Gators already had a 1-0 lead when the opening tip finally took place, about 15 minutes late.
After the game, A&M coach Buzz Williams explained the situation and very generously covered for the unnamed team manager who forgot to bring the jerseys:
I forgot the jerseys in my hotel. That’s probably the right way to say it because I used to be a manager and if that would have happened, my head coach would have stuck up for me.
You don’t want the jerseys to get wrinkled and so I hang them in my room and then I just forgot to put them on the bus. Our players were the ones that recognized it because they warm up without their jerseys so they don’t get sweaty.
This is maybe the 500th game I’ve coached as a head coach. Those officials were explaining to me that the league office called and said it was an administrative technical foul, which I had never heard those words. You get one shot and then from the point of interruption. And well I was like, there was no point of interruption, so what are we are we going to do, and then they said jump ball.
Despite spotting Florida the early one-point lead, A&M won the game, 66-63.