Alford to face reprimand?

Postgame handshakes after New Mexico's big win on the road against BYU may have featured Lobos coach Steve Alford exchanging words with Cougars forward Jonathan Tavernari.

Alford told Andy Katz last night that he had been congratulating the senior on a great career but that the player became upset and eventually apologized.

But Jim Rayburn of the Deseret News expects Alford to be reprimanded by the conference and hopes the coach apologizes as well.

BYU play-by-play man Greg Wrubell witnessed the exchange and saw it like this:

Head coach Steve Alford, associate head coach Craig Neal, assistant coach Wyking Jones and all got their licks in, with Alford doubling back to go at Tavernari as he shook players' hands in front of the scorer's table.

It was obviously a two-way street, and my vantage point gave me only a good look at what the coaches were saying to JT, and not the other way around. Clearly, Tavernari felt he was enough at fault to visit the UNM locker room and apologize to Alford.

However, since there is video of the confrontation and of Alford calling Tavernari an obscenity, I would not be surprised if Alford is issued a conference reprimand, at the very least. I don't care what the situation is, coaches need to avoid confrontations with players, not prolong them. Alford is a competitive and fiery guy, but as a head coach, his actions and those of his assistants were out of line.