Men's Basketball Has No Problem With Boston U., 70-51
Dec. 2, 1999
AMHERST, Mass. (AP) - A slip of the tongue made Massachusetts head coach Bruiser Flint banish himself from the sideline and into the national spotlight.
The Minutemen defeated winless Boston University 70-51 Thursday night, but their coach was missing from his normal position patrolling the sideline.
Flint was serving a self-imposed one-game suspension after he used profanity in a postgame radio interview following his team's loss to Marshall on Monday.
"I talked to my team about it. They still didn't believe I wasn't going to coach tonight until I came in the locker room wearing a sweater," said Flint, who normally wears a sport coat and tie on the sidelines.
Flint, who watched the game from a glassed-in reception room high above the Mullins Center, was replaced by assistant coach Geoff Arnold.
Flint said he had received about a dozen calls Thursday about the self-suspension. He was scheduled to appear on the "Today Show" Friday morning, and he said he also had calls from ABC news anchor Peter Jennings, ESPN and other national news outlets.
"I didn't do this to attract attention, I just thought it was the right thing," he said. "I know I have bad language. I tell my team to watch their language and I have a 4-year-old at home who repeats a lot."
Paul Seymour had 13 points for BU (0-5), which went 9-18 last season.
UMass led 36-22 at halftime and held at least a 14-point lead throughout the second half. The biggest lead was 60-39 with 6:30 to play.
Kirkland, working the inside with ease, was 10-for-15 from the field.
BU scored the first five points, but UMass got the next nine and the Minutemen stayed on top for the rest of the game. Kirkland and Mack had 10 points each in the first half.
BU shot 9-for-24 from the field and was 1-for-7 from behind the 3-point line
in the first 20 minutes.
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