Idaho men's basketball coach Don Verlin, his staff, and his team had a tough outing at Northern Arizona on Thursday. The Vandals fell to 11-13, 6-7 in Big Sky play with the 72-65 loss, and during the course of the game, Verlin was seen yelling at assistant Chris Helbling, threw his play cards over the bench, and then Helbling went into the locker room. The video from the broadcast is below:
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“We are aware of the situation and it has been discussed,” Idaho spokesperson Becky Paull wrote in an email to For The Win. “It was a misunderstanding during an intense, emotional part of the game.”
A news director for a Flagstaff radio station said Helbling rode to the Vandals' game at Southern Utah with the team's play-by-play radio broadcaster. Paull said that was true, but said it was unrelated to the in-game incident. Helbling has been on the Idaho staff since 2008.
Fun at the end of the Idaho-NAU game. The Vandals head coach and assistant got into a heated arguement post game.Team left the coach behind— Dave Zorn (@davezorn72) February 20, 2015