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Greenberg gets first technical of season

Virginia Tech Coach Seth Greenberg wears his emotions on his sleeve and is never afraid to give game officials a piece of his mind. He recently pointed out, however, that he had yet to receive a technical foul this season.

On Sunday, however, Greenberg received his first technical foul of the season in the first half of Virginia Tech's 82-75 loss at Miami.

Official Mike Stuart called the technical after Greenberg's reaction to an offensive foul on Hokie freshman Erick Green. Television cameras did not show Greenberg's reaction to the initial call on Green, but Greenberg had taken off his suit jacket and was pacing the sidelines after he received the technical foul.

"I've been doing this a long time, and I've never gotten a technical without a warning, but that's his prerogative," Greenberg told the Roanoke Times. "He gets the last word."

With 6 minutes 53 seconds remaining in the first half, Green hit Miami's Durand Scott with an elbow as he tried to get some separation from him around mid-court. It didn't look malicious, but he was whistled nevertheless.

The elbowing call came a game after forward Jeff Allen was ejected for hitting a Virginia player with an elbow in the Hokies' win at Charlottesville on Thursday night.

By Mark Viera  |  February 1, 2010; 12:10 PM ET
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it was a flop, there was no contact.

Posted by: follybeach | February 1, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

The reason Greenberg was so upset was because there was no actual contact on the play. Replays showed that Green's elbow missed the nose of the Miami player by about an inch, and the ref who made the call waited for a split second before blowing his whistle, obviously thinking about whether or not he'd actually seen contact. But the Miami player did a great job of acting and suckered the ref in. That's why Greenberg was pi$$ed.

Posted by: danram | February 1, 2010 2:00 PM | Report abuse

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