Referee Teddy Valentine got in Mick Cronin's face on Saturday when the Cincinnati coach argued a call in the second half of the Bearcats' 51-45 loss at UConn.
And Cronin wasn't happy about it. He said there's a double standard between the way he and other lesser-known coaches are treated by officials, and the way more revered coaches are.
"My beef with that is guys like Mick Cronin and Buzz Williams [of Marquette] of the world, we deal with some of it,'' Cronin told ESPN.com's Andy Katz after the game. "When nobody gets in the Jim Boeheim's face or Mike Krzyzewski's face.''
Boeheim was ejected after his tantrum at Duke last Saturday.
Cronin did not receive a technical foul after arguing an out-of-bounds call, but Valentine stood nearly nose-to-nose with him when he challenged the call. As Valentine walked away, Cronin had to be restrained by one of his players.
"I didn't appreciate it, but I want you to know this, we have a relationship, that's why he felt comfortable doing that,'' Cronin said of Valentine invading his personal space. "That ball was out on them I think. I took it personal. Where I come from you don't get in somebody's face.'
"He got in my face, I didn't get in his face. Am I allowed to T him? That's what I asked him.''
Cronin, 42, is 159-105 in eight seasons at Cincinnati, including three straight NCAA tournament appearances.
Cincy Coach Mick Cronin and Ref get in each others faces https://t.co/FuOvfCCRE7 — gifdsports (@gifdsports) March 1, 2014