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October 18, 2012

Texas Tech back on court after bumpy offseason

Big 12 basketball notebook

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Keep your coat on

There will be more emphasis placed on bench decorum this season, and a range of animated reactions — including when a coach rips off his sports coat or gestures at an official over a questionable call — will result in an automatic technical foul.

"React to a play, make your point and we'll go on to the next one," said Curtis Shaw, the Big 12 coordinator of men's basketball officials. "We're not taking out their coaching abilities or spontaneity but we've got to get it under control."

Shaw said there's also been an emphasis on calling block-charge fouls during training sessions this offseason, acknowledging that many "just weren't being called correctly."

Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger thinks coaches and players will be able to adjust accordingly.

"There will be plays during the course of the game where you think the call should've gone the other way," Kruger said, "but that's going to happen in every ballgame. It's not something to get distracted by. Play the next play, and try to get your players to do the same."

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